• Legal Force Devotional

    Genesis 1:28

    There is much to be discouraged about when we look at the unjust laws that our ruling authorities have put on the books. However, we must also understand that even the most corrupt governments are signs of God’s grace. Anarchy is much worse because the lack of civil order makes it absolutely impossible for human beings to live and thrive. We should be aware of the faults of our rulers, but we should also thank the Lord that He uses them to restrain evil. View Resource

  • Hearing What we Want to Hear Devotional

    Micah 2

    Leaders continue to take advantage of the nations they are supposed to serve, using the legal system to their advantage at the expense of the powerless. In the United States, we see this all the time when unscrupulous businessmen lobby for regulations intended purely to drive their smaller competitors out of business and when eminent domain is invoked to force people out of property their families have owned for generations. Let us not be a party to such things. View Resource

  • The Word of the Lord through Micah Devotional

    Micah 1

    Scripture is clear that all sin begins with false worship (Rom. 1:18–32). Therefore, recognizing the idols and false worship behind our other sins advances our sanctification. At root, all sin manifests a desire to get what we want apart from the God who is, leading us to create all manner of idols that promise but can never satisfy. Moreover, those who persist in impenitent idolatry will feel the Lord’s wrath. Let us reject all idols and pursue ultimate satisfaction in Christ alone. View Resource

  • The Consolation of Israel Devotional

    Luke 2:22–35

    Only when we have seen the Messiah—when we have acknowledged Jesus for who He is and bowed in worship—will we be ready to meet our Creator. There is only one way to stand before God unafraid, and that is clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ. If we have repented and believed on His name, we have nothing to fear in life or death. Have you seen the Messiah by faith? Have you come to trust Him at His word? Are you telling others that only He can save? View Resource

  • Israel, the Son of God Devotional

    Hosea 11:1–7

    New Testament fulfillment language does not always mean a prophet directly saw an aspect of Jesus’ ministry. When the Apostles say Christ fulfilled a prophecy, they sometimes mean that He is the true realization of a particular old covenant theme or institution. Looking for such things when we read the Old Testament helps us better understand Christ’s work. These themes and institutions include such things as exodus, exile, restoration, prophet, priest, king, temple, and Israel. View Resource

  • Seeking Help in All the Wrong Places Devotional

    Hosea 5

    Even though we are justified by faith alone as individuals and redeemed based on our personal relationship to God, we cannot forget that the Lord also deals with the church as a corporate body. Entire denominations feel the effects of divine judgment for false teaching, not just individual congregations. We must guard against false teaching to safeguard ourselves and those around us from enduring the ramifications of judgment on false teachers. View Resource

  • Hosea Redeems His Wife Devotional

    Hosea 2:14–3:5

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “All who are sincerely devoted to God are betrothed to him; God will love them, protect them, and provide for them. The covenant itself shall be inviolable: God will not break it on his part, and you shall not on yours; and the blessings of it shall be everlasting.” The Lord’s promise of a new exodus meant that there was still a remnant whom God loved. Even when things seem their darkest, God always has His people. View Resource

  • God Withdraws His Revelation Devotional

    Amos 8

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage about God’s withdrawal of His Word: “When we abuse God’s bounty, our ingratitude deserves this recompense.” God is long-suffering and kind, but He will not forever send His Word to people who will not hear it. He will take it from nations and peoples who refuse it and turn them over to falsehood. Let us pray that such would never happen to us, and may we always be quick to relish the privilege of hearing His Word. View Resource

  • Condemnation for Israel and Judah Devotional

    Amos 2:4–16

    Forgetfulness is a major contributing factor to sin for the people of God. When we forget all that the Lord has done for us, it becomes easy to take Him for granted and to commit the very acts He condemns in His Word. If we do not regularly remember and thank Him for His great redemption, we are likely to fall into the sins of the pagans around us, just like ancient Israel did. Let us, as individuals and as a corporate body in worship, meditate regularly on God’s great acts. View Resource

  • Unspoken Conditions Devotional

    Jeremiah 18:1-10

    Without question, God knew that the Ninevites were going to repent long before He sent Jonah to preach to them. In fact, because the Lord has ordained even our responses, He always knows how we are going to respond when He delivers His Word. But God moves us to make these responses by revealing His character to us and then announcing judgment or blessing. In so doing, He creates a real relationship with His people. View Resource

  • God’s Word to His Covenant People Devotional

    Romans 9:1-3

    God’s Word is delivered to all of the members of the visible covenant community. But the members of the invisible covenant community show themselves to be His elect people by taking the warnings about staying in faith seriously, repenting, and persevering in trusting God until the ends of their lives. If we do not take the words of the Lord seriously and soberly apply them to our lives, we reveal that we may be members only of the visible covenant community. View Resource

  • A Wrestling People Devotional

    Genesis 32:22-32

    The weight of today’s passage lies in the fact that Jacob wrestled with God. Note, however, that Jacob could sustain the struggle only because of the Lord’s grace to Him. Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “We cannot prevail with God but in his own strength. It is his Spirit who intercedes in us, and helps us in our weakness (Rom. 8:26).” Commitment to the Lord in good and bad times depends on the help of His Holy Spirit. View Resource

  • The Monarchy Instituted Devotional

    Deuteronomy 17:14–20

    For decades, presidents, parliaments, and other ruling bodies in our country and around the world have paid lip service to the rule of law while acting as if they are above the laws of the land. We can do something about this in our own society by voting for people who will subject themselves to God’s moral claims (natural law). We can also strive to follow God’s law and make disciples who may grow into godly leaders in positions of influence both great and small. View Resource

  • Dividing the Land Devotional

    Joshua 20

    Theonomists want to establish the penalties of the Mosaic law in society today, but this position is ultimately not tenable because unlike the old covenant, the new covenant community is not a geopolitical entity. That does not mean, however, that lawmakers should not consider the Mosaic code at all when writing legislation. In fact, society as a whole would benefit if the principles in the Law (what we call today “natural law”) were applied more often. View Resource

  • The Fall of Jericho Devotional

    Joshua 6

    Joshua and the Israelites were commanded to destroy the inhabitants of Canaan because of the spiritual threat they presented to God’s people (Ex. 34:11–16). Since this holy war was limited in scope and duration, the church is not allowed to take up the sword against unbelievers. Still, the spiritual threat of foreign gods remains, and thus we should be vigilant to pray for our neighbors and avoid adopting the worship of their deities. View Resource