• A False Promise of Peace Devotional

    Jeremiah 8:8–13

    God loves His elect so much that He will do whatever it takes to move them to repentance and faith. This includes speaking even in hyperbole to get our attention. We should never look at God’s warnings in Scripture and think, “that could never happen to me.” Instead, we must heed these warnings, knowing that they are the means by which the Spirit keeps us in faith. The Lord’s electing grace preserves us, but He does so through the warnings we find in the Bible. View Resource

  • Knowing the Lord Devotional

    Jeremiah 9:23–24

    Many people today want to set holiness, love, and mercy in opposition to one another, especially when they speak of the character of God. Yet, it is only because the Lord is holy that we can be confident that He will be merciful to those who repent and believe. Our holy God has promised this, and He cannot break this promise, for if He were to break His Word, He would violate His own holiness. Those who rightly know God’s holiness also know His mercy. View Resource

  • Merely in the Flesh Devotional

    Jeremiah 9:25–26

    Matthew Henry writes, “The condemnation of unrepentant sinners who are baptized will be as sure as that of unrepentant sinners who are unbaptized.” Regardless of whether we were baptized as adults or children, we shall be judged if we have no faith. Similarly, making a “decision for Jesus” days, weeks, or years ago is of no avail if we do not lovingly serve Him now. Spend time in repentance today and trust in Christ alone to redeem you. View Resource

  • God Versus the Idols Devotional

    Jeremiah 10

    John Calvin comments, “God renders his glory conspicuous everywhere, so that it ought to engage and occupy the thoughts of all men; and it would do so were they not led away by their own vanity.” Idolatry does not exist because the Lord is unclear about His existence but because of our own vain imaginations. Sin makes us prone to trust gods other than the one true Lord of all, but when we do that we become captive to fear and the destructive results of putting our final hope in any but God. View Resource

  • Hope for the Nations Devotional

    Jeremiah 12

    In our lives, things often get worse before they get better. At such times, we can be perplexed at why God allows us to suffer while allowing the wicked to succeed. Such confusion can be an expression of faith as long as we remember that God does not owe us an answer and we do not doubt His sovereignty and goodness. We walk by faith and not by sight, and we should not expect or demand an answer to all that confuses us on this side of glory. View Resource

  • The Loincloth and Jars of Wine Devotional

    Jeremiah 13

    God made us in His image, so He knows how best to instruct us. That is why we should pay careful attention when we see the visible words He has given us performed. Baptism tells us that those who have faith will be washed clean of sin while those who do not trust Christ will be drowned or destroyed. The Lord’s Supper tells us that we are nourished by Christ through faith and that His judgment will fall on those who partake unworthily, that is, not in faith. View Resource

  • The End of the False Prophets Devotional

    Jeremiah 14:13–18

    God will not give a people His revelation of salvation forever. If we will not love the truth, He will give us over to a lie (2 Thess. 2:9–11). Let this be a sobering truth to us all and an encouragement not only to know but also to love the truth of God. It is not enough to know what Scripture says, for if we do not love it, we will be consumed by falsehood. It is not enough to intellectually know and affirm what the Lord says, but we must also love His Word, entrusting ourselves to His promises … View Resource

  • Destruction and Restoration Devotional

    Jeremiah 16

    When the Lord first called Israel out of Egypt, He had not yet given them His law and their sin, however gross, could not measure up to the sins of later generations who knew and wantonly flouted God’s law. To save a people who knew and openly violated the Lord’s commandments would take a greater mercy and display more power than salvation from Egypt. If this was true of the restoration from exile, how much more true is it of the abundant salvation we have been shown in Christ Jesus. View Resource

  • The Deceitful Human Heart Devotional

    Jeremiah 17:1–13

    There is only one man in whom we can trust absolutely for reconciliation to God, and that is the God-man Christ Jesus. No matter how pious other servants of the Lord may be, following them simply for the sake of following them is never enough to be restored to our Creator. We can obey church leaders, show up every Sunday for worship, and otherwise appear pious, but none of these things are any advantage without a true and abiding trust in the Lord God Almighty. View Resource

  • Keeping the Sabbath Devotional

    Jeremiah 17:19–27

    There are differing views in the Reformed tradition of what new covenant Sabbath-keeping entails. Yet all agree that honoring the Lord’s Day is not about impersonal ritual but sustaining and strengthening the vital personal relationship we have with our Creator in Christ Jesus. Jeremiah’s focus on the heart (Jer. 4:4; 17:10; 31:33) indicates that when we follow a liturgy and seek to obey the Lord, putting our heart into such things separates God-honoring formality from disobedient formalism. View Resource

  • Things That Fall Out Contingently Devotional

    Jeremiah 18:1–10

    We cannot know in advance what God has decreed, but we do know the conditions for blessing and cursing He has revealed in His Word. We should pay heed to those conditions, knowing that if we trust in Him, we will be blessed forever, but if we reject Him, we will be cast out of His gracious presence for eternity. View Resource

  • Unspoken Conditions Devotional

    Jeremiah 18:1-10

    Without question, God knew that the Ninevites were going to repent long before He sent Jonah to preach to them. In fact, because the Lord has ordained even our responses, He always knows how we are going to respond when He delivers His Word. But God moves us to make these responses by revealing His character to us and then announcing judgment or blessing. In so doing, He creates a real relationship with His people. View Resource

  • Israel’s Response to the Law Devotional

    Jeremiah 19

    We are free to set standards for ourselves as long as we do not impose them on others. If I choose not to drink for fear of becoming an alcoholic, I am not a legalist until I project upon others my faults and fears. All of us are tempted to judge others based not on what Scripture says but on customs that we have elevated to the status of the Word of God. Where is legalism surfacing in your heart? Mortify it by God’s Holy Spirit today. 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

  • The Shepherd Gathers His Flock Devotional

    Jeremiah 23:1–8

    Today’s passage should be sobering to any leader, especially those who shepherd the flock of God. Though we cannot escape the guilt of our own sin by blaming others, the Lord’s undershepherds will be judged if they neglect their shepherding duties or lead the sheep astray. Whether we are formally ordained to teach God’s Word or simply pass it on to our children at home, we must take care that we understand it properly and apply it graciously and correctly. View Resource