• Why Sovereignty Matters Devotional

    Genesis 50:20–21

    Hear these encouraging comments from John Calvin: “Let the impious busy themselves as they please, let them rage, let them mingle heaven and earth; yet they shall gain nothing by their ardor; and not only shall their impetuosity prove ineffectual, but shall be turned to an issue the reverse of that which they intended, so that they shall promote our salvation, though they do it reluctantly.” Rejoice and be glad, for our God reigns over both good and evil! View Resource

  • Hard Providence Devotional

    Genesis 45:4-8

    John Calvin’s comments on Genesis 45:8 are essential reading for anyone studying God’s sovereignty and human responsibility. There is much we can say about the Lord’s guiltless use of evil men to achieve His good plan, but ultimately, “this method of acting is secret, and far above our understanding.” Do not be surprised if you find this doctrine difficult to understand, and do not expect the Lord to fully explain His good use of human wickedness. View Resource

  • Sovereign and Faithful Devotional

    Esther 6:14–8:17

    When we look back over our lives, we often find that the Lord was conspicuously present during those times when we thought He was absent. During the times when we suffer from doubts about God’s love for us, we should not focus on whether or not we “feel” His presence. The Lord may choose to hide Himself for a time, but He never leaves us. Those with persevering faith trust that God is present and directing their lives even if He seems to be a million miles away. View Resource

  • The Foolishness of Kings Devotional

    Esther 5:1–6:13

    Paul tells us we must subject ourselves to the ruling authorities (Rom. 13:1–7). Yet in submitting to human governments, let us never forget that their authority is not ultimate and that their power is not absolute. In fact, when rulers imagine that they can demand our ultimate allegiance or otherwise rage successfully against the Lord, He sits in heaven and laughs (Ps. 2). Our first duty is always to obey God, even if it means we must violate the demands of men. View Resource

  • Providence and Prayer Devotional

    James 5:16b–18

    Divine providence should not hinder prayer. Instead it should make us eager to intercede for ourselves and others, because we know God makes use of our prayers to accomplish His will. Consider this example: If my wife is ill, how do I know that God has not ordained my prayer as the secondary means to heal her? Perhaps my supplication will lead to her healing. There are some things the Lord will not do if we do not ask (James 4:2), and so we must pray. 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

  • Providence and Evil Devotional

    James 1:13

    Those who would use the problem of evil to deny the existence of God have a problem. As many theologians and philosophers have taught, evil is a negative idea, a parasite on the good. Without a previously existing, eternal, and personal good (God), nothing could be defined as evil. As you consider the mysteries of providence and evil, remember that the Lord is far greater than we can imagine (Job 42) and will use wickedness to create a glorious future for His people View Resource

  • Not a Chance Devotional

    Ephesians 1:11

    “When that light of divine providence has once shone upon a godly man, he is then relieved and set free not only from the extreme anxiety and fear that were pressing him before, but from every care” (John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 1.17.11). Knowing the Lord’s sovereignty frees us to take risks for the kingdom, because we know that our failures cannot throw God’s plan off course and that our final victory over the world, the flesh, and the Devil is guaranteed. View Resource

  • God Makes It All Happen Devotional

    Psalm 2

    Most of us will offer a prayer of thanksgiving every time we sit down to eat a meal. While it is good to thank the Lord, we should also remember that we depend on Him not only for our food but also for every breath we take. It is only by God’s will that any of us are alive. Take time to meditate on this tremendous truth and thank our Father that He preserves the universe. Trust Him to sustain you in all things today. View Resource

  • What Is Providence? Devotional

    1 Peter 1:1–2

    Even we who believe in God can sometimes be guilty of living our lives as if He did not exist. How often do we drive around town, work at the office, dig in our gardens, read a book, prepare our food, and so on without thinking that our Lord is watching and sustaining us? As you go about your business this week, endeavor to keep yourself aware of the Lord’s presence no matter what you are doing. Remember that He loves you and is working through you. View Resource

  • Human Initiative Devotional

    Genesis 24:42–49

    Of course God’s secret decrees include every choice we will ever make. However, we are not to worry about what He has not revealed to us. Instead, we are called to obey His Word and spread His truth, knowing that the Lord will accomplish His plan through His people. Does your belief in God’s sovereignty motivate service, or have you become a fatalist and think your choices are of no importance to Him? View Resource

  • In the Beginning Devotional

    Genesis 1:1-2

    These opening two verses of Scripture introduce us to the One for whom and by whom all things were made. The self-existent Lord of the universe existed before everything was created, and He alone has the ability to create freely with His word. His sovereign presence and power should make us immediately fall to our faces in worship. Take some time today to meditate on the truths of God’s character found in Genesis 1:1–2 and worship His glory. View Resource

  • He Who Was Born of God Devotional

    1 John 5:18–19

    Because we all know sin still remains in us, these verses claiming true children of God do not keep on sinning can be disheartening at times. Yet, as we have often seen, John does not teach that Christians can be sinless; rather, he emphasizes the believer’s freedom from the domination of sin. If you are eager to confess and repent of sin, you can be sure it does not dominate you. Spend some time drawing near to Jesus in repentance for specific sin. View Resource

  • Vessels of Destruction Devotional

    Romans 9:14–24

    Many misunderstand Reformed theology to say that God forces some to go to hell against their will. Though God does indeed pass over some people, He never acts apart from their desires. In our natural state since the fall, all men truly desire hell because they truly desire evil. Some of these He passes over, but in mercy He has chosen to change the desires of others so that they will love Him forever. Thank God for mercifully changing your heart. View Resource

  • The Restrainer Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 2:1–12

    Knowing the identity of the restrainer mentioned in today’s passage would indeed be a good thing for our understanding of this text. However, whether or not we are ever clear of the identity of this restrainer, the important point of today’s passage is that we see God’s sovereign control of the return of Christ. For it is God who ordains these signs and who ordains the time of Jesus’ return. Let your trust in His sovereignty sustain you as you hope for the return of our Lord. View Resource