• Jacob’s Last Words Devotional

    Genesis 49:28–50:3

    Matthew Henry comments: “It is proper to show our respect to the poor body, of which we look for a glorious and joyful resurrection.” Scripture does not forbid cremation, but most Christians have buried their dead for the same reasons ancient Israel did. In any case, our physical bodies are not ignoble homes for the soul. Belief in a future resurrection on a renewed earth is made manifest when we take good care of ourselves — body and spirit. View Resource

  • Take Me Back to Canaan Devotional

    Genesis 50

    Though Joseph did not know how God would bring His people back to Canaan, he did have a lifetime of experience to testify that the Lord is always utterly faithful to His promises, even when it seems He is taking the long way around. We must likewise trust that God is with His church today (despite its lackluster faithfulness), moving us toward the day when we will see the full realization of all the good He has sworn to do. View Resource

  • Joseph Keeps His Pledge Devotional

    Genesis 50:4–6

    As we grow older and leave our parents it can be hard to understand what it means to honor our father and mother (Ex. 20:12). Still, this command does not become null and void once we no longer live in our parents’ household. We are still obligated to respect them and seek to fulfill their godly requests. We may honor our father and mother by endeavoring to spend time with them, learning from them, and doing what they ask us to do. View Resource

  • Last Respects for Jacob Devotional

    Genesis 50:7–14

    The death of a believer provides us with a good opportunity to reaffirm our belief in the resurrection of the dead. Though we properly grieve the loss of a loved one because we no longer have fellowship with him on earth, we should also be joyful, because we know that our separation will only be temporary and that those who die in Christ have certainly passed into new life. Do what you can to encourage other believers to rejoice in Christ when Christians die. View Resource

  • Joseph and His Brothers Devotional

    Genesis 50:15–19

    Joseph never sought revenge on his brothers, but do we do the same when we are sinned against? Yet we are to forgive as well, even if we find it difficult. John Calvin writes that “if we have an arduous conflict with the impetuosity of an angry temper, or the obstinacy of a disposition to hatred, we must pray to the Lord for a spirit of meekness, the force of which manifests itself not less effectually, at this day, in the members of Christ, than formerly in Joseph.” View Resource

  • Flowing Together Devotional

    Genesis 50:15–21

    The doctrine of concurrence tells us that both God and human beings make things happen according to their respective places in God’s decree. The actions of both parties are essential in their prescribed way. This means that we cannot be fatalists and think, “Oh well, it does not matter what we do.” It does matter. Our decisions and actions are vital, and without them, things will not happen. View Resource

  • Providence and Evil Devotional

    Genesis 50:15–21

    Have you ever been betrayed by a friend, falsely accused, unfairly overlooked, or otherwise Leviticus mistreated? Whoever did such to you likely was acting in an evil way. But Scripture affirms that God, too, has a purpose in the evil things that happen to you—a good purpose. Ask Him to help you keep this in mind when you are ill-treated. View Resource

  • Sovereign over Suffering Devotional

    Genesis 50:15–21

    God always has a good purpose for allowing suffering to come into our lives, but we do not always know what that purpose is. Yet, because we know the Lord is perfectly good (James 1:13–18), we trust that He will work all of the pain that we endure for our final good and His final glory. The better we know the character of our Creator, the better we will be able to trust in His goodness and grace in the midst of all our suffering. View Resource

  • Surprised by Suffering Devotional

    Genesis 50:15–21

    At the outset of our look at suffering, we must realize that Scripture does not give us all the reasons for our pain in this life. In fact, we may never understand why we suffer the way we do on many occasions before we die. We can be confident, however, that the Lord is always working for our good and His glory. In the end, our pain will contribute to a future more glorious than if we never suffered at all. View Resource

  • Surprised by Suffering Devotional

    Genesis 50:15–21

    When we come to the issue of suffering, we can see how God’s sovereignty is a comfort to us. Because He is in full control of all events past, present, and future, we know that ultimately there can be no such thing as meaningless suffering. Though we may not always understand the purpose in our pain, we can be sure that God is working good in it (Rom. 8:28). Do you trust that He is doing this? Ask the Lord to build up your trust in His goodness, despite your hardships. View Resource

  • The Providence of God Devotional

    Genesis 50:20

    Only if God ordains all things can we be confident that He is working all things together for our good. Because even evil is a part of the Lord’s plan, we know that there is a reason for every bad thing that happens to us, even if we do not learn the reason on this side of heaven. God is not the author of sin; that is, He is not morally responsible for it. But He uses sin and all other things to bring about our good and His ultimate glory. View Resource

  • Why Sovereignty Matters Devotional

    Genesis 50:20–21

    Hear these encouraging comments from John Calvin: “Let the impious busy themselves as they please, let them rage, let them mingle heaven and earth; yet they shall gain nothing by their ardor; and not only shall their impetuosity prove ineffectual, but shall be turned to an issue the reverse of that which they intended, so that they shall promote our salvation, though they do it reluctantly.” Rejoice and be glad, for our God reigns over both good and evil! View Resource

  • To Be Continued Devotional

    Genesis 50:22–26

    The history of Israel — the history of all those who by faith in Jesus alone are reckoned as God’s people — continues today. The story did not end when God closed the canon of Scripture, the church continues to wait for God to fulfill His covenant promise through the return of Jesus. We are all an important part of God’s story, called to obey His Word, so that by our witness and repentance we may hasten “the coming of the day of God” (2 Peter 3:11–12). View Resource