• Divine Reversals of Fortune Devotional

    Esther 8-9

    The early church father Athanasius of Alexandria comments that the fifth-century-BC Jews “called a feast, thanking and praising the Lord, because he had changed the situation for them.” When God intervenes to rescue His children, the only appropriate response is celebration. We should never be afraid to express our joy to the Lord for the ways He has blessed us. View Resource

  • The Invisible Hand of Providence Devotional

    Esther 5-7

    There is no such thing as chance in the sense of things that “just happen”; chance is simply a name for mathematical probabilities. Our universe is not randomly running on its own, and things never occur by coincidence. The Lord is directing all things. His invisible hand of providence steers the course of history, and we can be confident that He is in charge even when He seems far away. Let this thought give us courage and hope in this fallen world. View Resource

  • The Jews Complete the Temple Devotional

    Ezra 6:13–22

    Just as the returned exiles were faithful to God in an era of lesser glory, so must we be faithful to the Lord when things are difficult and we are not seeing much return on our work. The Lord wants us to be faithful to Him, obeying His revealed will and trusting Him for the increase (1 Cor. 3:5–9). We are to serve Him, trusting that He will use us as He sees fit to accomplish His perfect plan for His creation. View Resource

  • Darius Supports the Jews Devotional

    Ezra 6:1–12

    Our God is sovereign over all, which means that He can redeem even the situations that seem most hopeless and turn the plans of our adversaries in our favor. He promises to do this for His people, whether in this life or ultimately in the new creation to come. When we face difficulties, we should not lose heart. The Lord is willing and able to bring good out of what others have meant for evil. View Resource

  • Rebuilding the Temple Devotional

    Ezra 3

    Zechariah 4:10, addressed originally to the returned exiles, says that those who despised the small things of the new temple would rejoice. This implies that we should not despise what seem to be “small” moves of God, for from small beginnings He delights to bring greater glory. Even when blessings seem meager and response to the gospel seems faint, we should praise the Lord for His working. He is preparing for greater days ahead. View Resource

  • God Determines Your Plans Devotional

    Proverbs 16:9

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  • Sennacherib Defeated Devotional

    2 Kings 19

    In a sense, God has put His honor on the line in promising to save His people. By fulfilling His covenant commitments to redeem us, the Lord reveals Himself as the God of all nations when He keeps His Word. We share the gospel not merely so that others would receive eternal life, as good a goal as that is, but so that the Lord would be revealed in all His power. That should motivate us to support world missions and engage in evangelism ourselves. View Resource

  • Assyria Invades Judah Devotional

    2 Kings 18:13–37

    The Lord promised in Isaiah 8:9–10 that Assyria would not ultimately succeed when Sennacherib invaded Judah. Similarly, He promises us that the enemies of His people will not finally win but that we will reign with the Lord over all (2 Tim. 2:11–13). Whatever opposition we face today for the Lord’s sake, we can know that the enemies of the cross will ultimately lose, just as Assyria’s invasion of Judah was ultimately turned away. View Resource

  • Lord of the Nations Devotional

    2 Kings 8:7–15

    God’s people have lived under regimes that have been friendly to them and also those that have been hostile to them. As King over the nations, the Lord causes both kinds of regimes to rise and fall according to His sovereign plan. This should cause us great comfort, for it assures us that God remains in control and that He has a purpose behind His decisions regarding who will reign. And we know that this purpose is ultimately for our good (Rom. 8:28). View Resource

  • A Lying Spirit from the Lord Devotional

    2 Chronicles 18

    Second Chronicles 18 reminds us that God is to be feared. He is gracious and will not refuse anyone who turns to Him in faith. But He is also holy, and He will not continue sending His truth to those who persistently reject it. So, we must strive to obey the Lord whenever we hear from His Word and repent when we see our failures. We dare not think that the Lord will accept us if we persistently reject Him and the Savior He provides, Jesus Christ. View Resource

  • Ahab Fights Ben-hadad Devotional

    1 Kings 20

    One commentator notes that even Christians can think that God is strong in one place and not so strong in another. Perhaps we think He is concerned only with big events and not the details of our lives. Maybe we trust Him for salvation but do not pray often because we do not really believe He will intervene. We must remember that the Lord is Almighty over all, so let us devote ourselves and all our needs to Him, trusting Him in prayer to rescue us. View Resource

  • The Folly of Fighting the Lord Devotional

    2 Chronicles 13

    The Bible closes with the redeemed people of God worshiping the Lord in spirit and in truth (Rev. 21). As we worship the Lord rightly, we prepare for that final day, and we are assured that Christ will defeat all His and our enemies. Taking the right worship of the Lord seriously is not a trifling matter, for God is on the side of those who rightly praise His name and seek His honor. View Resource

  • Sacred Geography Devotional

    Genesis 1:28

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  • A Young King’s Folly Devotional

    1 Kings 12:1–24

    That Rehoboam’s decision led to the fulfillment of prophecy did not make the choice any less sinful or foolish. God uses our decisions to achieve His purposes, but that does not mean we are not responsible for our choices. We cannot blame anyone but ourselves for our sins even though the Lord’s sovereign plan works through these sins to achieve a greater good. View Resource

  • David’s Census Devotional

    1 Chronicles 21:1–6

    Although it can be hard to understand how God ordains evil to accomplish greater goods, and although we may not know what all of these goods are on this side of eternity, Scripture plainly reveals that the Lord can use anything—even sin—to accomplish His holy purposes. We cannot use this to excuse our sin, but it does give us hope that when people sin against us, the Lord will ultimately work through it for our good and His glory. View Resource