• The Day of the Lord for Babylon Devotional

    Isaiah 13

    Scripture often talks about the overthrow of other gods, but not because the biblical writers saw these gods as real deities that were equivalent in power and position to the one true God of Israel. Instead, the overthrow of these gods was a means by which to illustrate the Lord’s final victory against all that oppose Him. Though Satan and his minions rage against us now, their final defeat is sure, and it will be manifested at the last day. View Resource

  • The Sting of Death Devotional

    Hosea 13:14

    God’s judgment is not an end in itself. Instead, when He brings death and destruction, the goal is life for His people. In the condemnation of the wicked, the Lord is glorified for His justice and righteousness, and that leads to greater life for His people because true life comes from knowing God in all His fullness. God kills and He makes alive (Deut. 32:39), and we see this particularly clearly in the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. View Resource

  • Reaping the Whirlwind Devotional

    Hosea 8

    Scripture teaches in several places that God will give people the desires of their hearts. For the Christian, this is a blessing, for as we delight ourselves in the Lord, our desires will more and more line up with God’s will. But for those in bondage to sin, receiving the desires of the heart leads only to more enslavement and, ultimately, destruction (Rom. 1:18–32). We must guard our hearts so that when their desires are granted, we enjoy what is good, noble, and beautiful. 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

  • The Limits of God’s Patience Devotional

    Amos 4

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage: “How little the pretense of good intention avails with God, which hypocrites ever bring forward.” The ancient Israelites thought that the Lord would be patient with their evil as long as they worshipped fervently. They were wrong. So, too, are we wrong to think worship is enough without a life of repentance. If we do not live a life of repentance, our worship is hollow and displeasing to God (Rom. 12:1). 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

  • Judgments on the Nations Devotional

    Amos 1:2-2:3

    Unlike the ancient Ammonites, the pro-abortion people in the modern West do not advocate killing pregnant women (though women die every year from allegedly “safe” abortions). Still, because pro-abortion people advocate murdering unborn people made in God’s image, they are guilty of great evil and ask for the end of their nation, for the Lord will not forever abide countries who tolerate such evil. May we all work to end the scourge of abortion on demand. View Resource

  • The Living God’s Righteous Hands Devotional

    Hebrews 10:30–31

    When talking to unbelievers, we can point out that Christianity alone believes in God’s justice and holy hatred of sin. As long as the adherents of other faiths maintain that our good works can make up for sin and that God does not absolutely punish the sins of His followers, their deities have no true detestation for wickedness. On the other hand, we believe in a God who shows mercy to His people but also renders infinite justice on their transgressions in Christ. View Resource

  • The Consequences of Sin Devotional

    2 Kings 17:1-23

    If we are in Christ, we need not fear that we will be exiled from the blessed presence of God forever. However, God may still discipline us for our sin, and we may feel the effects of His disciplinary rod on the covenant community just as the righteous remnant went into exile along with the unfaithful Israelites. But if we live a life of repentance, we will learn from the Lord’s discipline and experience joy even in our pain and struggle. 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

  • The Certainty of Judgment Devotional

    2 Peter 3:8-10

    It is important that we not manipulate people’s emotions in our churches or when we are sharing the gospel out in the world. Nevertheless, this does not mean that we should not have an urgency in our preaching. The end could come at any time, and those sinners who do not take advantage of the opportunity to repent today could very well never have another chance to turn to Christ. View Resource

  • Two Sides of Judgment Devotional

    Psalm 96:10-13

    Every believer should be looking forward with excited anticipation to the day of final judgment. On that day, we will be vindicated as the people of God and revealed as those who have been clothed in the righteousness of Christ. All who thought we were foolish for following Christ will themselves be revealed as fools, and we will experience and enjoy the renewal of the universe forever. View Resource

  • God the Judge Devotional

    Genesis 15:12-16

    Many people presume upon God’s patience since He does not execute His wrath every time they sin. They might think that He is overlooking their transgressions rather than postponing judgment so that they might find repentance (Rom. 2:4). Let us take care in presenting the gospel to make sure people understand that His patience will not last forever. May we also not take advantage of His patience lest we fall under the hand of His discipline. View Resource

  • The Angel Brings Judgment Devotional

    1 Chronicles 21

    Our culture is accustomed to seeing Jesus as meek and mild; indeed, this is an accurate picture of Him. Yet it is not a full-orbed depiction, for He is also the great Judge to come who will execute God’s wrath upon the impenitent. When sharing the gospel, it is appropriate to warn people that if they will not take upon themselves the gentle yoke of Jesus, they will be subject to His holy wrath. View Resource

  • Woes for the Hard in Heart Devotional

    Matthew 11:20–24 “

    All of us are children of wrath from the moment of conception and deserve only eternal, conscious punishment for our sins apart from God’s gracious renewal of our hearts to trust in His Son. Nevertheless, the sufferings of hell will be greater for those who know more of the Father’s plan and character and yet remain in sin. No matter how difficult this may be for us to understand (Luke 20:45–47), the more we know, the more accountable we will be. View Resource