• The Lamentations of Jeremiah Devotional

    Lamentations 1:1–14

    Loving our enemies is the most difficult call that the Lord has laid upon us. It is hard for us to seek justice in a manner that is not vindictive or that truly wishes for an offender to benefit as a result of his punishment. Books like Lamentations show us that rejoicing in justice and righteousness do not preclude mourning for those who suffer because of their sin. Loving sinners means that we seek justice when appropriate, but it also means that we mourn for those who have gone astray. View Resource

  • The Fall of Babylon Devotional

    Jeremiah 50:1–20

    Much of Jeremiah is concerned with God’s use of Babylon to judge His people. In that judgment, we can see evidence of an occasion when the wicked prospered. Yet we also see that the prosperity was not evidence that the Lord was pleased with Babylon. This is an important principle for us to remember when we see others succeeding even though they are wicked. Their success, however real it may appear, is only temporary—just as Babylon’s was. View Resource

  • Egypt’s Judgment and Israel’s Salvation Devotional

    Jeremiah 46:13–28

    Past faithlessness on our part or the part of our ancestors does not mean that God cannot use us today. When we repent and trust in Him, the Lord can use what is otherwise ugly to create something beautiful and pleasing to Him for His glory. This is good news indeed, for it reminds us of His never-changing faithfulness to His people in every generation. Let us be faithful to His call this day no matter what we have done in years past. View Resource

  • Trouble in Egypt Devotional

    Jeremiah 44

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “God can find his people, with the visits of his grace, wherever they are; and, when his ministers are bound, yet the word of the Lord is not bound. The spirit of prophecy was not confined to the land of Israel.” The Lord acted in grace to continue speaking to his sinful people in Egypt, just as He continues to speak to us in Scripture when we have sinned. Yet that must not make us complacent, for we too will be disciplined if we do not heed His voice. View Resource

  • The Warning to those Left Behind Devotional

    Jeremiah 42

    Walking by faith and not by sight is difficult at times. But that does not excuse us from obeying that call, especially when the Lord has recently shown Himself faithful to His Word. Johanan and other Judahites did not believe God’s Word through Jeremiah even though they had seen the Lord’s promise to devastate Jerusalem come true (Jer. 43:1–7). How much more, then, are we to be held culpable if we fail to believe God now that we have seen His promises come true in Christ Jesus? View Resource

  • Jehoiakim Burns the Word of God Devotional

    Jeremiah 36

    Jehoiakim tried to destroy the Word of God, showing the hardheartedness of king and people that made the exile inevitable. He was not the first ruler to try and destroy the Bible, and he would not be the last. But the endurance of God’s Word is seen in that Jeremiah’s words were not lost but rather preserved by the Lord at His command (Jer. 36:27–32). The preservation of Scripture throughout history is one proof that our God reigns. 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

  • Jeremiah Versus Hananiah Devotional

    Jeremiah 28

    Jeremiah evaluates Hananiah’s message in today’s passage according to the true prophets who had preceded him. This is essentially the practice of sola Scriptura in an old covenant context. Like Jeremiah, we are to evaluate teachers based on what God has revealed in His word, not ignoring what believers have said about doctrine throughout history but also not becoming a slave to the traditions of men. Let us judge all things by Scripture and its teachings. 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

  • The Power of God’s Word Devotional

    Jeremiah 23:9–40

    Fire and hammers destroy and demolish—so we should expect the Word of God to afflict our consciences and bring us to the end of ourselves. Yet fire and hammers also refine and shape—so we should expect Scripture also to purify us and build us up in godliness. As Christians, we need to experience both aspects of God’s Word, and we need to preach both the afflictions and comforts of Scripture to ourselves and to those around us. View Resource

  • The Shepherd Gathers His Flock Devotional

    Jeremiah 23:1–8

    Today’s passage should be sobering to any leader, especially those who shepherd the flock of God. Though we cannot escape the guilt of our own sin by blaming others, the Lord’s undershepherds will be judged if they neglect their shepherding duties or lead the sheep astray. Whether we are formally ordained to teach God’s Word or simply pass it on to our children at home, we must take care that we understand it properly and apply it graciously and correctly. View Resource

  • Keeping the Sabbath Devotional

    Jeremiah 17:19–27

    There are differing views in the Reformed tradition of what new covenant Sabbath-keeping entails. Yet all agree that honoring the Lord’s Day is not about impersonal ritual but sustaining and strengthening the vital personal relationship we have with our Creator in Christ Jesus. Jeremiah’s focus on the heart (Jer. 4:4; 17:10; 31:33) indicates that when we follow a liturgy and seek to obey the Lord, putting our heart into such things separates God-honoring formality from disobedient formalism. View Resource

  • The End of the False Prophets Devotional

    Jeremiah 14:13–18

    God will not give a people His revelation of salvation forever. If we will not love the truth, He will give us over to a lie (2 Thess. 2:9–11). Let this be a sobering truth to us all and an encouragement not only to know but also to love the truth of God. It is not enough to know what Scripture says, for if we do not love it, we will be consumed by falsehood. It is not enough to intellectually know and affirm what the Lord says, but we must also love His Word, entrusting ourselves to His promises … View Resource

  • The Loincloth and Jars of Wine Devotional

    Jeremiah 13

    God made us in His image, so He knows how best to instruct us. That is why we should pay careful attention when we see the visible words He has given us performed. Baptism tells us that those who have faith will be washed clean of sin while those who do not trust Christ will be drowned or destroyed. The Lord’s Supper tells us that we are nourished by Christ through faith and that His judgment will fall on those who partake unworthily, that is, not in faith. View Resource

  • God’s Charge Against Judah Devotional

    Jeremiah 3:1–5

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “When an adulteress finds her husband so willing of himself, and ready to grant free pardon, it is certainly an example not found among mortals.” Adultery harms, often irreparably, the bond between husband and wife on an earthly level. Thus, Christ permits divorce for sexual infidelity (Matt. 19:9). However, no sin destroys permanently the bond between God and His people, provided that we are repentant. That is the magnitude of His grace. View Resource