• Habakkuk’s Oracle Devotional

    Habakkuk 1:1–11

    When we see the wicked prospering and God’s people suffering, we may think the Lord is too slow in responding to the evil we are enduring. Yet God always works in His time, and He sometimes works in ways we do not expect. We can be sure that God has not forgotten us when He seems slow to respond, and we can know that even if He does the unexpected, it is for His glory and our good (Rom. 8:28). All this is true because He is sovereign in His goodness and holiness. View Resource

  • Cyrus, the Lord’s Anointed Devotional

    Isaiah 45:1–13

    It might be a clichè to say that we should “expect the unexpected.” Yet because God is fully sovereign, there is a real sense in which we should expect Him to act in ways we have not anticipated because His decree controls what happens, not what we think His decree should be. This truth is comforting, for it means that the Lord can do what we might consider impossible, not the least of which is to save His people without compromising His justice or mercy. View Resource

  • God’s Kingdom and Power Devotional

    Romans 10:11–13

    Answer 128 of the Heidelberg Catechism reminds us that the Father is “both willing and able to give us all that is good” that He might “receive all the praise, forever.” We should not doubt the goodness of God, nor His purpose to advance His glory in all the earth. When we come to Him in faith, we can be confident that He will do whatever is best for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28). This is what He has promised. View Resource

  • Turning Adversity to Good Devotional

    Luke 11:5–13

    When the catechism says that God gives His Spirit only to those who ask, it is not speaking of God’s blessing of the Holy Spirit in our regeneration, which is His work alone. Rather, the confession is speaking of subsequent fillings and guidance from the Spirit. Sometimes we lack the will to fight sin because we have forgotten how dependent we are on the Spirit. Let us pray that He would fill us continually that we might walk in obedience to His Word. View Resource

  • Why Do God’s People Pray? Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

    Giving thanks in all circumstances does not mean that we become thrilled with the prospect of pain. Instead, it means thanking the Lord for how He uses our greatest joys and deepest hurts to make us more like Jesus. Regular prayer that thanks God in all things is the means by which we give thanks in all circumstances. Let us endeavor every day to thank the Lord for His goodness to us and the ways He uses all things for our ultimate benefit. View Resource

  • Providence and Gratitude Devotional

    1 Thessalonians 5:18

    The Heidelberg Catechism says that knowledge of God’s sovereign providence enables us to be thankful when things go well for us (Q&A 28). That is certainly true. However, we can also be thankful when things go ill, not because of the pain in and of itself, but because we know the Lord is working in it for His glory and our good. Let us cultivate a grateful attitude toward God, informed by the knowledge that everything is truly in His hand. View Resource

  • Surprised by Suffering Devotional

    Genesis 50:15–21

    At the outset of our look at suffering, we must realize that Scripture does not give us all the reasons for our pain in this life. In fact, we may never understand why we suffer the way we do on many occasions before we die. We can be confident, however, that the Lord is always working for our good and His glory. In the end, our pain will contribute to a future more glorious than if we never suffered at all. View Resource

  • Gifts from the Ascended Christ Devotional

    Ephesians 4:8-10

    Christ’s ascension to the right hand of God the Father demonstrates His sovereign authority to distribute good gifts to us as He wills. Because He has conquered death and hell, Jesus can give what is best to each of us, and we have no right to question His sovereign allocation. We should therefore not ask why He has not given certain gifts to us; rather, we should strive to develop and use the gifts that we do have. View Resource

  • Bowing the Knee Devotional

    Ephesians 3:14-15

    God was rarely referred to as “Father” under the old covenant, so we should be glad to live in the new covenant era when the fatherhood of God is made plain to everyone in Christ. Still, when we approach our Father, we should never forget that He is the very Lord of the universe. Let us therefore always come before Him humbly, for if we approach an earthly sovereign this way, how much more should this be our manner of coming near to God? View Resource

  • Confidence and Boldness in Christ Devotional

    Ephesians 3:11-12

    The gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith in Christ Jesus alone is indeed good news because it assures us that God never rejects those who approach Him through His Son. He will forgive any sin, no matter how grievous, if we truly repent of it and rest entirely on Jesus in faith. We should never let what we have done keep us from the throne of grace, for if we are sorry for breaking God’s law and love the Savior, the Father will receive us gladly. View Resource

  • The Fullness of Christ Devotional

    Ephesians 1:22-23

    Because the faithful church bows to Christ willingly today, it receives special graces and gifts not found in the outside world. Churches faithful to God’s revealed Word enjoy the blessings of discipline, growth in servant-like love for others, the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit, and many other blessings besides. These are the kinds of churches to which we must belong and serve. View Resource

  • Providence and God’s Inheritance Devotional

    Ephesians 1:11-12

    Our Creator does not need anything from us, which makes it all the more remarkable that He purposed in eternity past to make us His own inheritance. This is a great privilege, and it is due entirely to His sovereign grace. May we be thankful for this status and also mindful that His governing providence is working out all things — good and bad — to make us fit to be regarded as His inheritance. View Resource

  • In the Fullness of Time Devotional

    Ephesians 1:10

    On the last day, God’s perfect plan will be fulfilled, and throughout the universe, all creatures great and small will honor Christ. Our task as we anticipate this final day is twofold. First, we must live as He has commanded, for we know that He is our rightful sovereign even if the rest of creation remains oblivious. Second, we must go forth and proclaim the reality of His reign so that those whom He is calling will bow before that final day. View Resource

  • Sovereign Separation Devotional

    Philemon 15-16

    Slowness to identify God’s design is important when we deal with tragedies. Too often we unhelpfully “identify” a specific lesson that the Lord is teaching to hurting people. Generally speaking, we know all things happen to help us learn to rely on God, but most of the time we do not know specifically why He ordains certain events. Let us not be afraid to admit that the Lord always has a purpose for what happens but that we often do not know what it is. View Resource

  • Wisdom Through Suffering Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 7:1-13

    In his novel Redburn, Herman Melville writes, “Not till we know, that one grief outweighs ten thousand joys, will we become what Christianity is striving to make us.” Though Scripture is clear that suffering in itself is painful, it is also plain that the Lord has a good purpose in our pain, using it for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28). Hurting itself should not make us glad, but we should rejoice in suffering, for we know that God uses it to perfect us. View Resource