• Jeremiah the Weeping Prophet Devotional

    Jeremiah 1:1–8

    Jeremiah 1:1–8 has much to say to us theologically. First, that God formed Jeremiah in the womb affirms that human beings are made in the Lord’s image from the earliest stages of development and worthy of protection from conception onward. Jeremiah’s call also helps establish our doctrine of vocation. If the prophet’s calling was established before he was born, surely it is not a stretch to assume that our sovereign Lord has established a calling for all of His people before their births. View Resource

  • Prophets to the Nations Devotional

    Jeremiah 1:4-5

    Ministering prophetically to the state is complex, and sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly how it should be done. However, we can be sure that the church cannot be silent when the state is in gross violation of the Lord’s standards of justice. We do not preach the Word of God only within the four walls of our church buildings but also to the world, including all officials who are called to protect life and property. View Resource

  • The Lord Watches over His Word Devotional

    Jeremiah 1:11–19

    God said to Jeremiah, “They shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you” (Jer. 1:19). This promise was not just for Jeremiah, but it is for all the faithful servants of God. The enemies of the Lord can do their best, but the gates of hell will not prevail against His church (Matt. 16:18). Even if we die as a result of faithfulness to the gospel, we will be vindicated at the last day, and God will save all of His elect by His Word. The Lord will indeed deliver all His … View Resource

  • The Guilty Conscience Devotional

    Jeremiah 3:1–3

    We cannot bind another’s conscience where Scripture does not do so. I might not take a drink if I have a problem maintaining sobriety, but the Bible does not condemn alcohol, and so I cannot forbid my brother in Christ from drinking. This is not subjectivism. The church must bind our consciences where Scripture binds them (Matt. 18:15–20). Conforming our consciences to God’s Word is the only way to avoid legalism and live in Christ’s freedom. 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

  • A Guilty Conscience Devotional

    Jeremiah 3:1-5

    Our guilt feelings will fully line up with the objective reality of our guilt only insofar as our consciences are properly shaped by the Word of God. Scripture informs our consciences, helping them to more quickly and more correctly discern good from evil. This helps keep the conscience from becoming seared, but it also helps us overcome false notions of objective guilt that come from calling something sin that God has not defined as sin. View Resource

  • An Informed Conscience Devotional

    Jeremiah 3:1-5

    How is your conscience? Is it saturated with Biblical wisdom, able to guide you in times of moral murk? Or is it seared, providing no direction whatsoever? If you have not done so, make a commitment today to spend regular time reading and studying God’s Word. Do so in an attitude of prayer, asking God to inform your conscience. View Resource

  • A Call to Repentance Devotional

    Jeremiah 3:6–4:4

    All sin breaches our relationship with God, but we must never think that the Lord will refuse us if we humble ourselves and return to Him with true contrition. He longs to take us back, and His willingness to forgive His children is infinite. No matter where we are or what we have done, we can be confident that God will pardon us if we forsake our sin and turn to Christ alone for our pardon. That is the magnitude of His grace. That is the mercy of the God whom we serve in Christ Jesus our Lord. View Resource

  • Circumcision of the Heart Devotional

    Jeremiah 4:1–4

    One commentator has aptly said that the honor of the covenant becomes a nightmare for those who refuse to walk by faith in it. We who have been marked out as the Lord’s by our baptism must forsake all other gods, which can be any hobby, person, addiction, or anything else that we may have elevated to first place in our hearts. Let us consider today what idols we might be serving and turn away from them. 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

  • Doctrine Divides Devotional

    Jeremiah 6:1–15

    Christians have often divided over matters not essential to Christian orthodoxy and lobbed charges of heresy at one another. Such actions have created a distaste for theology in the minds of many people, and there is now a tendency to downplay any essential differences within the visible church because of all the vitriol shown over the less important points of doctrine. Let us be passionate for the truth, but let us not divide unless Christian orthodoxy is at stake. View Resource

  • The Ark and the City Devotional

    Jeremiah 6:6–30

    The Lord is slow to anger, and He is gracious and merciful, but we can never take advantage of that fact. True, there is no condemnation if we are in Christ, but that does not mean we will not feel the consequences of our actions. Moreover, if we sin boldly, presuming upon God’s forgiveness, it may mean that we have never known Christ. When we read the warnings to repent in Scripture, we prove our salvation by actually repenting. View Resource

  • Ritual vs. Ritualism Devotional

    Jeremiah 7:1–4

    Any group of professing Christians can fall into ritualism. Even those with simpler liturgies can go through the motions without their hearts’ truly being in the worship. It is a danger for all of us, so we should ask God to keep us devoted to Him, and we should seek to engage our entire being in worship every time we gather with God’s people to praise our Creator. View Resource

  • Form Versus Formalism Devotional

    Jeremiah 7:1–29

    Church leaders cannot change our hearts, but they can help us avoid formalism by explaining what we do in worship and why. When we do not know the reasons and meaning for the different elements in the liturgy, we will easily disengage from it and think on other things.􏰁As church leaders explain elements of worship and encourage others to do the same, we are encouraged to be more aware of what we are doing and to put our hearts and souls into our praise of the Lord. View Resource

  • Misplaced Confidence Devotional

    Jeremiah 7:1–29

    Today we must likewise be wary of misplaced confidence. We do not rest in God’s salvation because we signed a card of commitment to Christ or have a memory of going forward to receive Christ at an “altar call.” Instead, our present possession of faith is what assures us that we belong to Jesus. The question we must ask ourselves is not whether we once professed faith but whether we trust Him today? Do you trust Christ alone this day? View Resource