• Jacob Sets Out Devotional

    Genesis 27:46–28:5

    Matthew Henry says Jacob’s blessing in today’s passage “is more express and full than the former; it is an inheritance of the blessing of Abraham. It is gospel blessing.” Despite his sin and the transgressions of his parents, the Lord’s electing love remained on Jacob and preserved him even if his motivations, and those of his mother, were not entirely pure. We are likewise sinful, but our belief in Christ proves that God’s magnificent, undeserved, electing love is also upon us. View Resource

  • The Promise to Isaac, Part 2 Devotional

    Genesis 26:17–35

    Isaac’s quiet nature is one biblical example of the maxim: “Our greatest strength is also our greatest weakness.” Peter’s eagerness to make himself heard also manifests this principle (Matt. 16:13–23). Take time today to consider that aspect of your personality that is a great strength and has brought you many benefits. Thank God for this gift. Try also to see how it is a weakness so that you may not think more highly of yourself than you ought (Rom. 12:3). View Resource

  • The Lord Favors Isaac Devotional

    Genesis 26:6–16

    If you have made a foolish decision out of fear, know that God can redeem the situation for His glory if you repent and trust in Him. There is not one of us who will go through life without making at least one decision out of fear instead of faith. But just as the Lord used Isaac, an imperfect and timid disciple, so too will he use us even though we lack faith at times. Confess your fears to God and to others whom you trust so that your faith might be strengthened. For further study: View Resource

  • The Promise to Isaac, Part 1 Devotional

    Genesis 26:1–5

    As we have said repeatedly, our obedience does not earn us a place in the kingdom, it only shows that we possess the faith that lays hold of salvation (James 2:14–26). Redemption’s greatest blessing is the Lord’s presence (Gen. 26:3), which is tied to life, land, and progeny, because without His dwelling among us, the physical benefits of salvation are nothing. If you are a believer, the Spirit dwells within you even now and is working to enable you to honor God’s law. View Resource

  • Assurance for Abraham Devotional

    Genesis 22:15–19

    Christians do good works. And in His marvelous grace, our Father “looking upon them in His Son, is pleased to accept and reward that which is sincere, although accompanied with many weaknesses and imperfections” (Westminster Confession of Faith, 16.6). If you are concerned to love your neighbor and obey the Lord’s commandments, then you can be confident that your work will not go unnoticed but will be rewarded in the new heavens and earth. View Resource

  • The Lord Will Provide Devotional

    Genesis 22:13–14

    How we worship God reveals whether or not we trust Him to supply our needs. Whenever we get a raise, gain an extra hour in the day, or learn a new skill, we ought to think about how we can use such things to further His kingdom. Take a hobby of yours and consider whether it can be made to serve Christ’s church. Or, learn a new skill that you can put to use in the service of others — especially for those who are incapacitated or indigent. View Resource

  • Isaac’s Question Devotional

    Genesis 22:7–8

    One commentator has said that after years of walking with the Lord, “God will provide” became Abraham’s motto. Certain of the Lord’s character, the patriarch is open to any of the ways in which God might choose to work out His plan. Do you trust the Lord so much that you are willing to do whatever He commands you to do? Look to Abraham to help make you willing to go wherever God might be sending you. View Resource

  • Take Your Son Devotional

    Genesis 22:2–6

    Faith comes quickly when the Lord calls us to do easy things. But it is much harder to trust Him when He asks us to do difficult tasks. God will not call us to offer up our children as burnt offerings, but He will ask us to step outside of our comfort zones. If you are a shy person, reach out and make a new friend this month. No matter your temperament, try to do ministry in a place that may make you uncomfortable, such as a prison, hospital, or food pantry. View Resource

  • Ishmael Cast Out Devotional

    Genesis 21:8–14

    The removal of Ishmael proves God is continually working to advance His kingdom and remove the threats to His people. Sometimes the advance of His reign requires that He protect us. Other times we may have to suffer and hope in our final rescue in order that the knowledge of the Lord may increase. Consider the many ways God may be protecting you while you drive or go about your business. Thank Him for promising eternal safety to His people. View Resource

  • He Who Laughs Last Devotional

    Genesis 21:6–7

    Matthew Henry comments: “God’s favors to his covenant people are such as surpass both their own and others’ thoughts and expectations. Who would have said that God should send his Son to die for us, his Spirit to sanctify us, his angels to attend us? Who would have said that such great sins should be pardoned?” Sarah laughed with joy at the incredible move of the Lord in her life. We must likewise never forget the wonder, joy, and surprise of our salvation. View Resource

  • Isaac Recieves the Sign Devotional

    Genesis 21:4–5

    God’s sovereign and powerful work of salvation frees us to obey Him with joy. We do not have to suffer under the burden of having our own efforts measure up, for we obey in gratitude because Christ’s faithfulness has satisfied the Lord’s covenant. Our responsibility is real and obligatory and is yet the most freeing submission we have (1 John 5:3). Are you viewing obedience as a burden? Ask the Spirit to make you one who yearns to serve Him with great joy. View Resource

  • This Time Next Year Devotional

    Genesis 17:20–21

    We are reminded that salvation is wholly from God when we see the many miraculous births in Scripture. Of course, the preeminent example of this is Jesus’ nativity, as He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. This same Spirit is given to all who believe on Christ to empower them to live unto holiness (1 Cor. 12:13). If you are a Christian, be encouraged that the One who has saved you is the One who empowers you to serve Him. View Resource

  • Call His Name Isaac Devotional

    Genesis 17:18–19

    The principles of how we are to act in certain situations are clearly given in Scripture. Yet, like Abraham, we can be guilty of going our own way. When the Lord plainly makes His intent for us known, we must dutifully obey Him, even if it is not something we want to do. For instance, God calls us to forgive those who are hard to forgive and to trust that He will provide for us as we give to others. Strive to forgive just as God in Christ forgave you. View Resource

  • Isaac Blesses His Sons Devotional

    Hebrews 11:20

    At the end of his life, Isaac had no land to leave to his children. Neither did he have the many descendants promised to Abraham. But he did have God’s word of promise, and that word was sufficient for his faith. If you are leaning on other things besides God’s Word for your faith, turn from them and trust in His Word alone. View Resource

  • The Offering of Isaac Devotional

    Hebrews 11:17–19

    God’s command that the Messiah must die (Isa. 53) seemed at first glance to be inconsistent with His promise that Messiah would rule the earth (Zech. 9:10). But now we see that both are perfectly consistent. We must resolve in our hearts to trust God even if His will may sometimes seem inconsistent to our limited understanding. View Resource