• 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

  • Evil in God’s Providential Rule Devotional

    James 1:13–15

    God never does evil Himself. He stands behind it indirectly, but He directly stands behind good. The Lord can never be blamed for evil, but evil does not take place apart from His decree. We cannot finally explain how this can be, but the Lord’s ability to ordain evil without being morally responsible for it shows His greatness. He can ordain evil without compromising His character; that is impossible for us to do. Surely, His ways are past finding out. Let us therefore worship Him. View Resource

  • Our Sovereign Sustainer Devotional

    Hebrews 1:1–4

    We can lose control over the things that we govern. Our property can be confiscated for just or unjust reasons. Our children can rebel and never return to the family. Yet this is not so with our Creator. Nothing takes place except that which He has ordained will take place. That does not mean every event receives His blessing, but it does mean that it would be foolish to believe anything we or any other person can do will derail His accomplishment of His purposes. View Resource

  • Providence Defined Devotional

    1 Peter 1:1–2

    Our Lord and Savior tells us that His people are of more value than the sparrows who never escape His sight (Matt. 10:29–31). His providence, therefore, should comfort us greatly because He puts great value on us and treats us as His special possession. We need not fear that our problems and trials escape His notice, and we can be confident that because He is God, He is working out all things for our good (Rom. 8:28). Such is the nature of His caring reign. View Resource

  • Sovereign Over Our Speech Devotional

    Proverbs 16:1

    Matthew Henry comments: “Man cannot go on with his business without the assistance and blessing of God, who made man’s mouth and teaches us what we shall say. Nay, God easily can, and often does, cross men’s purposes, and break their measures. It was a curse that was prepared in Balaam’s heart, but the answer of the tongue was a blessing.” It is comforting—and humbling—to know that we can accomplish only what God has ordained. View Resource

  • God and King Devotional

    Psalm 21

    James 1:5–8 contains the incredible promise that the Lord will give wisdom to all who sincerely ask Him for it in faith. Ultimately, Christ is our wisdom, and He will never cast out anyone who comes to Him by faith alone (1 Cor. 1:30–31). God has given us Christ, the wisdom of His salvation; however, He also gives us wisdom to deal with our daily successes and failures. As we study the Wisdom Literature and seek the Lord’s face, He will make us wise. View Resource

  • God, the Source of All Devotional

    Romans 11:33-36

    Douglas J. Moo writes in his commentary Romans: “What should be our response to our contemplation of God’s supremacy in all the universe? Like Paul’s, doxology.” Worship is the only appropriate response to the revelation of God’s deepest truths. We are finite creatures who will never understand the Lord exhaustively, even as we learn more and more about Him throughout eternity. We will never cease to be in awe of Him. Instead, our awe must and will grow. Let us worship our Lord. View Resource

  • The People of God Devotional

    Romans 9:25-26

    God chooses us for His glory and not on account of any good in us. John Calvin comments that God’s glory is revealed in destroying the reprobate, because the only thing that separates the elect from the reprobate is that the elect “are delivered by the Lord from the same gulf of destruction [as the reprobate] … by no merit of their own, but through his gratuitous kindness.” Let God’s elect—those who persevere in faith—remember this and learn humility. View Resource

  • Courage Under Fire Devotional

    Daniel 3:1-4:3

    God rescued His faithful servants when they showed themselves unwilling to bow to Nebuchadnezzar’s dictates. The Lord promises to deliver us as well, though this deliverance might not occur until He returns. In any case, we serve God not because of what He promises us in the here and now but because of what He promises us in eternity to come. Let us serve God for who He is and trust in His wisdom to deliver us no matter how He sees fit. View Resource

  • Providence and Evil Devotional

    James 1:13

    We see God’s ordination of wickedness for a good end most clearly in the crucifixion. God used the evil plans of Christ’s enemies to fulfill His good plan for His people (Acts 2:23). An evil act is still an evil act even when the Lord ordains it, but He does not sin when He ordains evil. We never want to pretend something is good when it is evil, but we also never want to forget that the evil we face in the present is not the last word. God will bring good out of it. View Resource

  • God Makes It All Happen Devotional

    Psalm 2

    Our individualistic culture can make it hard for us to remember that we are accountable to more than just ourselves. Ultimately, however, we have a duty to obey the commands of our Creator. We are His creatures and must submit to His will no matter how hard it seems. Doing so requires the daily resolve to obey Him even when it is most difficult to do so. It also requires daily repentance of our failing to keep His commandments. Let us seek this day to obey our holy Creator. View Resource

  • The Providence of God Devotional

    Ephesians 1:11

    The thought that God sees everything about us is terrifying for unbelievers, so they deny God’s existence or His holiness because they want to escape His justice. We who know the Father through Christ Jesus our Lord, however, should be greatly comforted by divine providence. Because God sees us at all times, He can direct our lives to positive ends. Even when we do not understand how, the Lord’s providence means that He is working out all things for our good and His glory. View Resource

  • The Power of God’s Word Devotional

    Jeremiah 23:9–40

    Fire and hammers destroy and demolish—so we should expect the Word of God to afflict our consciences and bring us to the end of ourselves. Yet fire and hammers also refine and shape—so we should expect Scripture also to purify us and build us up in godliness. As Christians, we need to experience both aspects of God’s Word, and we need to preach both the afflictions and comforts of Scripture to ourselves and to those around us. 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

  • Habakkuk Questions the Lord Devotional

    Habakkuk 1:12–2:1

    To ask questions of God in faith means asking Him with the willingness to be content with His answer or even if He never appears to give us an answer at all. To ask questions of the Lord in a faithless manner is to demand an answer or to find certain answers unacceptable. As we wrestle with God in prayer, let us take care that we always come before Him in faith, trusting in His goodness and willing to be content with whatever He gives us. View Resource