• The Fear of Isaac Devotional

    Genesis 31:51-55

    Every day we endeavor to provide an application of the biblical text in this coram Deo section. Coram Deo is a Latin phrase meaning “before the face of God,” and encapsulates the biblical teaching that we are to live reverentially aware of the Lord’s ever-present eye upon us (1 Cor. 10:31). Living before His face means we respect God’s holiness and strive to please Him in all things. Today let us all ask ourselves this question: “Do I fear the Lord?” View Resource

  • Laban Surrenders Devotional

    Genesis 31:43-50

    Matthew Henry comments on verse 49: “When we are out of one another’s sight, let this be a restraint upon us, that wherever we are we are under God’s eye.” We may not be guilty of Laban’s sins, but we can certainly oppress others when the world is not watching. Maybe we gossip and slander. Perhaps you and your spouse pretend to be a perfect couple in public but privately speak harshly to each other. Even if others are unaware, the Lord sees what we do in secret. View Resource

  • Laban’s Futile Search Devotional

    Genesis 31:33-35

    Duress makes false gods enticing. Those in dire financial straits may look to the lottery or corrupt politicians to save them. Men or women under pressure at work or at home may seek refuge in drugs, alcohol, or pornography. The terminally ill may follow those who promise healing while teaching a false gospel. Make sure you are surrounded by caring Christians who will help see you through difficulties and caution you against chasing after idols. View Resource

  • The Lord Visits Laban Devotional

    Genesis 31:22-32

    In Romans 12:2 the apostle Paul exhorts us to “be transformed by the renewal” of our minds. As those called out from the world to be God’s people, the Holy Spirit has indeed transformed our minds so that we may serve Him with all our might. However, there will be times when sin gets the better of us and clouds our thinking; thus, we should never think we are immune to irrational thoughts or behaviors. Spend time in God’s Word that you may think more rightly. View Resource

  • Jacob’s Wisdom Devotional

    Genesis 31:20

    Since God’s people have not totally shaken off idolatry, we again repeat Scripture’s call to keep ourselves from idols (1 John 5:21). We must also recall Jacob’s wisdom in dealing with Laban. As Christians, we must pray for the non-believers we know and share the Gospel with them, but let us not be gullible around those who would harm us. If you are facing a problem in dealing with a non-Christian, pray and seek counsel for how you may deal wisely with that person. View Resource

  • Rachel and Leah Answer Devotional

    Genesis 31:4-16

    Matthew Henry comments, “Husbands who love their wives will communicate their purposes and intentions to them. Where there is a mutual affection there will be a mutual confidence.” Dr. R.C. Sproul also says in his series The Intimate Marriage, that husbands should make decisions cooperatively with their wives as often as possible. Only when spouses face a number of godly options upon which they cannot agree should the husband ask his wife to submit to his will View Resource

  • Jacob Outwits Laban Devotional

    Genesis 30:37–43

    It is a great comfort to know that when the Lord purposes to bless us, there is nothing that can stop Him. We who confess Him never take this for granted, but live holy lives in gratitude for choosing us in His marvelous and undeserved grace. Know that Jesus is reigning even now and can bless you in spite of all your opposition or mistakes (1 Cor. 15:25). Let us thank Him for this marvelous favor and share the hope of this blessing with those who do not know Him. View Resource

  • Jacob’s Comeuppance Devotional

    Genesis 29:21–30

    As we have seen many times over, it is an undeniable truth that our Father will discipline His beloved children for their sins (Rev. 3:19). Job’s life shows us that not every misfortune comes as a result of the Lord’s chastisement, but we are right to look at our hardships and consider if God is using them to get us back in line just as He did with Jacob. Know that the Lord’s discipline is a sign of His love for you and take it as an opportunity to grow in your faith. View Resource

  • Jacob Falls in Love Devotional

    Genesis 29:13–20

    Husbands, when was the last time you did something relatively “small” out of love for your wife? If you are called to love your wife in such a way that you are willing to die for her (Eph. 5:25) can you not help with the housework, talk about meaningful things with her, or do anything she will see as loving? Wives, if your husband shows less devotion to you now than before you were married, consider if you are still behaving in a way that would inspire such attention. View Resource

  • Rebekah Chooses to Go Devotional

    Genesis 24:50–59

    Moses’ original audience, those Israelites redeemed from slavery in Egypt, faced a choice. Would they go into the great unknown with Moses, whom God clearly selected to be their leader, or would they stay in Egypt, the land they knew? Like Rebekah, they were called to trust in the Lord for their future and go, not worrying about the unknown. Christ calls us to do the same. If fear has kept you from obeying His call, repent today and do the work He has given you. View Resource

  • Rebekah’s Brother Laban Devotional

    Genesis 24:29–33

    Whether it happens now or in the new heavens and earth, God will make the wicked intentions of His enemies work for the good of His people. He may bring them to repentance and increase His kingdom as He did with Joseph’s brothers (Gen. 50:15–21). Or, the Lord might put our foes under our feet (2 Tim. 2:11–12a). Whatever course He adopts, take courage that though others around you may have questionable intentions, all will work out for your final good. View Resource