• God’s Love for the World Devotional

    John 3:16

    Our culture tends to think that it is a given that God loves the world. However, we know that nothing compels God to love creation. In fact, it would be right for the Lord to have nothing but hatred for the world given the reality of sin. The love of God is not a given, so we should be grateful for it and be careful never to speak of His love as something that we are owed or that He must show. View Resource

  • God’s Royal Priesthood Devotional

    1 Peter 2:9

    God has established innumerable callings in which we can serve Him and our neighbor. As priests of God, what we do for Him has spiritual value, and in Christ we all have direct access to Him. No matter what you are called to do in life, God honors your service when you seek to love Him and other people through your work. View Resource

  • The Comfort Of God’s Sovereign Providence Devotional

    Romans 8:28

    John Calvin writes, “Ignorance of providence is the greatest of all miseries, and the knowledge of it the highest happiness” (Institutes 1.17.11). We have nothing to fear if God ordains and governs whatsoever comes to pass. Our ultimate good will be achieved, and we can trust that even the worst this world has to offer will finally be used to glorify the Lord and benefit us View Resource

  • Sovereign Over Evil Devotional

    Isaiah 45:7

    God is not pleased with evil in and of itself, but He does govern it so as to bring about greater goods. We can be confident, therefore, that the hardest things we endure are not brought our way in vain. God will work in and through them to bring about much ultimate good for us and much final glory for Himself. View Resource

  • Sovereign Over Good Devotional

    James 1:16–17

    Our great God does only what is good, and He is the source of every joy in our lives. Think on some of the greatest joys you have experienced and thank the Lord for bringing them to pass. Remember that He is good to you and eager to bring blessings into your life 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

  • 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

  • Things That Fall Out Freely Devotional

    Isaiah 10:5–7

    Human beings always do what they most want to do in a given situation. God’s sovereignty over our decisions is not such that He forces us to act against our wills. No one can stand before God and say “You made me do it against my will,” so we can never blame the Lord when we fall into sin. Let us pray that God would give us wills inclined to serve Him. View Resource

  • Things That Fall Out Necessarily Devotional

    Genesis 8:22

    Secondary causes that operate necessarily are the reason why we can do science, predict the weather, and know when to plant and harvest our food. They are God’s good gifts that make life possible, and He works through them to sustain human life and the universe. Let us be thankful for these causes and praise the Lord for His abundant provision for His people View Resource

  • Providential Working Through Miracles Devotional

    2 Kings 6:1–7

    Because God is sovereign over His creation and can direct it to whatever ends He desires, we can be confident that He can answer our prayers. Though God in His sovereignty retains the right to say yes or no to us, He is nevertheless able to heal the sick, change hearts, and do other things that we pray for. If we are confident in God’s sovereignty, we will be confident in our prayers. View Resource

  • Providential Governance Of Small Things Devotional

    Proverbs 16:33

    Knowing that God sovereignly determines even “random” events should give us pause. The unexpected flat tire that delays us on the way to work is not unexpected from God’s perspective. Who knows? Perhaps God ordained the flat tire so that we would miss getting into a wreck that we would not have missed had we left earlier. Whatever the reason, we can thank God in the midst of unplanned events because we know He has a good purpose for them. View Resource

  • Providential Governance Of Big Things Devotional

    Acts 17:26–27a

    Scripture frequently condemns empires for thinking that they come to power through their own efforts (Isa. 10:5–19). Nations do not rise and fall by their own design but succeed and fail only according to the Lord’s will. We should therefore not be afraid of what any nation or government may do to us. God is sovereign even over the greatest powers, and He will preserve His people no matter what happens to nations and empires. View Resource

  • Providence And Common Grace Devotional

    Matthew 5:45b

    Many people rail against the Lord, believing that they deserve a better life than the one they have received. God’s common grace, however, reminds us that as creatures we are undeserving even of our very existence. May that lead us to a more sober reflection on who we are and to greater humility when we approach our Maker in prayer View Resource

  • Providential Preservation Devotional

    Nehemiah 9:6

    Martin Luther writes in his Large Catechism that whatever “is in heaven and upon the earth, is daily given, preserved, and kept for us by God”; thus, “it is our duty to love, praise, and thank Him for it without ceasing.” Knowing that God preserves all things, even our very existence, should motivate us to a life of thankfulness. We should seek to be continually grateful to God for all that He has given to us. Without Him, we would have nothing. View Resource

  • The Lord’s Established Purpose Devotional

    Proverbs 19:21

    Matthew Henry also writes, “What comfort does this speak to all God’s people, that all God’s purposes, which we are sure are right and good, shall be accomplished in due time!” The Lord will surely accomplish His will, and this will is always directed toward our final good (Rom. 8:28). Even when things seem their darkest, we can trust that our Creator is working out our lives for our ultimate benefit, and in that we can rest. View Resource