• Divine Concurrence Devotional

    Job 1

    One of the best examples of concurrence in Scripture is seen in the death of Christ. God ordained the crucifixion and evil men acted to bring it about. Both were necessary for Christ’s death to take place. But God had the good intent to save His people and exalt His Son for His sacrificial obedience, while the men who killed Christ had the evil intent simply to do away with Him. God is sovereign over evil, which gives every evil an ultimate purpose, but He remains entirely good. View Resource

  • Providence and Freedom Devotional

    Job 1

    Man freely does what he wants, but apart from Christ he only desires sin (Rom. 6:6; Gal. 4:8). God has renewed His people, enabling them to desire what is good. Those He has passed over choose willingly, in line with their wicked natures, to oppose His rule. Still, concurrence teaches, as John Calvin comments on Genesis 37:20, that “God will always find a way through the most profound abyss, to the accomplishment of what he has decreed.” View Resource

  • The Trials of Job Devotional

    Job 1

    In stating that the Lord gave and the Lord took away, Job did not “charge God with wrong” (Job 1:22). Job did not accuse the Lord of issuing a direct assault on his family, nor did he claim that God did an evil thing. Instead, Job recognized God’s sovereignty, understanding that everything we gain and everything we lose falls under the sovereign ordination of our Creator. He is in perfect control of all that happens, and because He is good, we can trust that He is good in His reign. View Resource

  • Patience in Trials Devotional

    Job 1:20–22

    When we are suffering, we are often strongly tempted not to praise God. Matthew Henry notes that Job adored the Lord when he was blessed and when he suffered. “When all was gone he fell down and worshipped… . Weeping must not hinder sowing, nor hinder worshipping.” It is precisely in our pain that we most need to worship alongside God’s people, even if all we can do is sit in the pew and weep. View Resource