• The Priest with Filthy Garments Devotional

    Zechariah 3:1-5

    Matthew Henry comments: “Christ loathed the filthiness of Joshua’s garments, yet did not put him away, but put them away. Thus God by his grace does with those whom he chooses to be priests to himself; he parts between them and their sins, and so prevents their sins parting between them and their God; he reconciles himself to the sinner, but not to the sin.” God accepts us not because we are deserving but because Christ is. This is our only hope in this world and the next. View Resource

  • The Latter Glory of the Lord’s House Devotional

    Haggai 1:12-2:9

    In one form or another, God’s people will suffer under the exilic conditions of pain and difficulty until Christ returns. The exile of the Jews from the Promised Land is ultimately a picture of the exile of all humanity from the garden, and as with full restoration to the Promised Land, full restoration to the garden and face-to-face fellowship with the Lord will not occur until corporate repentance occurs—until all of the elect come to faith. Let us pray daily that this would happen. View Resource

  • God’s People Fail to Repent Devotional

    Daniel 9:1-19

    Daniel’s prayer that God would not forget His promises of restoration is not based on the inherent goodness of the people but purely on the Lord’s mercy (Dan. 9:1–19). He asked God not to deal with the people as they deserved but to show grace and restore them despite the widespread failure to repent. If we learn nothing else from this prayer, it is that we can never demand God’s favor as if He owes us His kindness. Instead, our plea must always be for His grace and mercy. View Resource

  • Hope Amid the Ruins Devotional

    Lamentations 3:22–33

    The necessary response of a holy God to sin is wrath, not love. That means that the Lord’s choice to love His people is not the same as His choice to pour His wrath upon the impenitent. His choice to issue judgment is a necessary one based on the nature of the one being judged. His choice to love us is unnecessary and based wholly in Himself. We can trust Him to love us even when we fail and know that nothing—not even ourselves—can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. View Resource

  • Life in Exile Devotional

    Jeremiah 29

    First Peter 2:11 speaks of Christians as exiles in this world, for though we are citizens of the heavenly kingdom, we are right now living in a foreign land. Thus, Jeremiah’s words in today’s passage are instructive for how we are to live until Jesus returns. We are to seek the welfare of the land in which we live, which means that we should pray for our leaders, become informed voters, and even, if we are so called, work within the halls of government for the good of our country. View Resource

  • Seventy Years of Exile Devotional

    Jeremiah 25

    John Calvin also writes on this passage that “there is a great difference between these and God’s servants, who, when anything is commanded them, seek to render that obedience which they ought—all such are faithful servants.” Although all people, in some way, serve the Lord’s sovereign will, only those who do so because they love God will be rewarded. Let us pray that we will always be those who follow the Lord willingly and eagerly. View Resource

  • Micah’s Trust in the Lord Devotional

    Micah 7:1–10

    As God’s people were surrounded by their enemies, Israel and Judah often heard these nations asking, “Where is the LORD your God?” (Mic. 7:10a). Because these enemies conquered Canaan with little resistance, they thought Yahweh was absent from His people. But Micah saw that the faithful remnant would one day look on these enemies after the Lord trampled them underfoot (v. 10b). That is our hope, for at the last day Christ will set His people over their foes (2 Tim. 2:11–12a). View Resource

  • The Good News of God’s Reign Devotional

    Isaiah 52:1–12

    Restoration requires faith in the Lord, but we are not able to muster up in ourselves faith that will persevere to the end. We need an atonement that covers even our unbelief, and God must create in us new hearts, granting us the faith He demands (Eph. 2:8–10). When the Lord changes a person’s heart, that person puts his faith in Him, for this is the natural response of a new heart that is inclined toward Him. But that heart—and thus the faith that springs from it—is the gift of God. View Resource

  • The Savior of God’s Blind Servant Devotional

    Isaiah 42:18–43:7

    Today’s passage reveals divine election, for Isaiah speaks of a people who are precious in God’s eyes (43:4). This is not due to any good in them, given that the people are still blind to their sin (42:18–25). Instead, the Lord, for His own good pleasure, chooses to restore a lost people. This restoration of Israel is happening in Jesus Christ, and we who believe in Him have been chosen by God not because of any goodness in us but because the Lord has graciously willed to love us. View Resource

  • The Glory of the Restoration Devotional

    Isaiah 35:5–6

    Christ Jesus our Lord is God’s agent of renewal, the one through whom the Spirit is poured out and whose work on the cross redeems creation. But we cannot benefit from this work, nor can we see Jesus as the fulfillment of Isaiah’s promises, without trusting the Savior. Calvin writes, “The eyes cannot see what is right, and the ears cannot hear, and the feet cannot guide us in the right way, till we are united to Christ.” Let us pray that our union with Christ would be strengthened. View Resource

  • The Little Apocalypse Devotional

    Isaiah 24

    The final judgment in today’s chapter was predicted to come after the exile of Israel and Judah. We live on the other side of this exile, though the New Testament does not foresee it coming to its full and final end until the return of Christ. Nevertheless, we are closer to the day of judgment today then we were yesterday, and we will be even closer to it tomorrow. Are you ready to endure that great day by resting in Christ’s righteousness alone? View Resource

  • The Hope of Restoration Devotional

    Leviticus 26:40-45

    God’s grace to His people in the restoration is shown in two primary ways. First, He provides His Son to fulfill perfectly all the requirements needed for Him to restore all creation. Second, He elects a people to salvation, guaranteeing that they will repent and believe in Him, thereby ensuring that His promises will be kept. As the gospel goes forth and people repent and believe, God is restoring His creation and will consummate it in the new heaven and earth. View Resource

  • The Lord’s Plentiful Redemption Devotional

    Psalm 130

    Fundamentally, Christ saves us from the penalty and power of sin. Yet His deliverance does not stop there. Our Savior also delights to make all things new, empowering us to mend fences with others, bring joy where there was once despair, and make all that we do bring Him great glory. Though Jesus does not perfect our circumstances in this world, we should be able to see Him working to bring renewal to all areas of our lives. View Resource

  • God the Deliverer Devotional

    Exodus 6:1-8

    Even those who affirm justification by faith alone may act as if they need to do more than trust Christ to be declared righteous. Some think that they must trust Christ and go a certain number of days without sinning. Others believe salvation requires faith in Christ plus a certain number of hours of Bible study or evangelism. While these extra things are fruits of faith, they do not justify us. Faith alone in the great Deliverer redeems us from exile. View Resource

  • The Threat of Exile Devotional

    Leviticus 26:14-39

    Though it may be painful at times, God’s discipline is one of the greatest blessings that we have as His children. He chastises us when we sin that we might continually turn to Him, proving the reality of our faith and providing us assurance that we will not endure the final exile. Do you look at our Father’s discipline as a blessing or a curse? It is far better to experience firm discipline in this life than to escape it and end up exiled forever. View Resource