• 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

  • 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

  • Faithless Shepherds Condemned Devotional

    Zechariah 10

    Daniel 9 had said the conditions of exile would be extended, and Zechariah’s prophecy in today’s passage confirms this. We should also see in Zechariah 10 that when God’s people do not respond in faith and obedience, their rescue may be—from our perspective—delayed. Of course, the Lord always knows exactly when His people will fulfill the conditions He has given to us. However, let us know that if we want blessing, we must obey today. View Resource

  • The Fear of Men Devotional

    Jeremiah 38

    The fear of men is perhaps the strongest obstacle to doing the will of God faithfully. Whether we fear what men will say about us or what they will do to us, we are prone to act on that fear and refrain from keeping God’s commands. However, if we fear the Lord more than we fear men, there is nothing that can keep us from serving Him faithfully. Let us cultivate a true fear of God, meditating on His holiness and sovereignty, that we might be ever ready to serve Him. 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

  • 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

  • Judah Gives Himself Up Devotional

    Genesis 44:30–34

    “Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt. 16:25). Even if we are not martyred for the faith, we are to give our lives over to Jesus. This may mean having your children frown upon you when you demand they keep from doing what everybody else is doing. Or it may be that you must speak forthrightly regarding a friend’s behavior even if you might lose the friendship. Will you lay down your life for Christ this day? View Resource

  • Judah Repents Devotional

    Genesis 38:20–26

    Judah’s disobedient refusal to give Tamar a husband showed his faith was weak (James 2:14–26). We likewise show our faith to be wanting when we sin. Like Judah, we should be willing to confess our sins before God and others whom we trust when the Spirit pricks our consciences. John Calvin writes: “Truth should so far prevail with us, that we should not be ashamed to confess, before the whole world, those sins with which God charges us.” View Resource

  • Judah’s Inheritance Devotional

    Joshua 15:1–12

    Judah, being a populous tribe, was given a big territory—and a big responsibility. It was stationed on the border between Israel and some of its fiercest enemies. The Bible declares that ” ‘to whom much is given, from him much will be required’ ” (Luke 12:48). Think today about what you guard. What does God require of you? View Resource

  • Judah’s Scepter Devotional

    Genesis 49:8–12

    The King and His kingdom will be the subject of tomorrow’s study. For now, consider that Judah’s repentance and exaltation illustrates the biblical principal that “whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matt. 23:12). Judah’s greatest son, Jesus of Nazareth, is the final object of this prophecy, but we too will be lifted up if we humble ourselves in service to the Father as He did. Humility and self-sacrifice is the only path to exaltation. View Resource

  • Judah’s Selfless Pledge Devotional

    Genesis 43:1–10

    Judah’s actions show him to be far different from the man who rejected Tamar and sold Joseph into slavery (Gen. 37–38). Now he is a servant of the living God. Matthew Henry says Judah, to show his repentance, “would make some amends for the irreparable injury he had done him [Jacob] by doubling his care concerning Benjamin.” Those sorry for their sin try to make amends for the harm they have done. Is there somebody to whom you need to make amends? View Resource

  • Judah Steps Forward Devotional

    Genesis 44:18–29

    Some of us may have had parents who loved a brother or sister more than they loved us. Some may let this fester into bitterness, leading them to neglect their duty to honor their parents and love their siblings. Even if our families were not like this, all of us have experienced feelings of rejection and exclusion. This too can fester into bitter anger. Confess any resentment you may hold against God or others and know that the Lord loves you. View Resource

  • The King and the Law Devotional

    Jeremiah 22

    Jesus is the true Son of David who keeps the law of God perfectly and thereby has earned the right to rule and reign over His people forever. Unlike many of the kings and authorities of this world, Jesus never ignores the needs of His people in order to satisfy Himself. Instead, He did not consider equality with God something to be used at the expense of others but rather humbled Himself to serve His people. This self-sacrifice is the model for all godly leaders. 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

  • Mercy Amidst Judgment Devotional

    Jeremiah 4:5–31

    God swore by Himself to bless the world through Abraham (Gen. 12:1–3; 15), imposing a self-obligation to save humanity that He cannot violate lest He be unfaithful to His covenant oath. In saving the world from sin, however, the Lord does not have to save every person. We know that He has sovereignly chosen to pass over some for salvation, and these show themselves by their failure to repent. But if we repent, we are part of the remnant whom the Lord saves by grace alone through faith alone. View Resource