• The Righteous Judgment of God Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 1:5-8

    At times in the Christian life, believers may question whether they have genuine faith in Christ and thus whether they have salvation. One test of the authenticity of our faith is our willingness to suffer for Jesus. If we are so willing, this can help us to be assured that we have authentic trust in the Savior. View Resource

  • Living in Times of Crisis Devotional

    Habakkuk 3:1-16

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  • Absalom Defeated Devotional

    2 Samuel 17:24–18:18

    God’s people frequently face times of great duress, and when we do we also enjoy God’s provision. That is one lesson we see in today’s passage. While David was on the run, he received assistance, provisions for him and his army. When we are suffering, we can also trust the Lord to provide exactly what we need to endure it. View Resource

  • Tragedy and God Devotional

    Genesis 3

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  • Adversity Leads to Glory Devotional

    John 16:33

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  • Jesus Predicts Peter’s Martyrdom Devotional

    John 21:18–19

    Apart from the grace of Christ, we cannot remain faithful to Him in the midst of trials. Thanks be to God, the Lord promises that grace to all who have trusted Him alone for salvation. Everyone whom God justifies He also glorifies (Rom. 8:30). This does not mean we should not pray for God’s preserving grace. Indeed, we are wise if we ask the Lord daily to strengthen us and to keep us committed to Him. View Resource

  • The Persecution to Come Devotional

    John 16:1–4a

    The world will hate the followers of Jesus, and sometimes this hatred will show itself in vicious persecution. Let us be conscious of this possibility and do what we can to order our lives so that we will be less tempted to recant our profession if persecution comes. Let us do what we can not to love the world so that we will stand firm when the world turns on us. View Resource

  • The World’s Hatred Devotional

    John 15:18–21

    In his commentary John, Dr. R.C. Sproul writes, “We are not supposed to go looking for persecution or hostility, but if we never experience it, that should be a wake-up call to tell us we may not be as committed to Christ as we say we are.” Every believer will at some point face hatred from the world to some degree. If we are never hated for the gospel’s sake, we are likely not being true to the gospel. View Resource

  • Scars of Sanctification Devotional

    Ephesians 5:27

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  • Responding to Hardships Devotional

    2 Corinthians 1:8-9

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  • Before the Final Passover Devotional

    John 11:54–57

    There is no inherent virtue in seeking out suffering and persecution, but that does not mean we are not called to endure it at times. We are called to be faithful to Christ even when that means persecution, so although we need not seek out harm, we must also be willing to endure it if that is what it will take to remain faithful. Let us pray that we would remain faithful to Jesus even under much distress and attack. View Resource

  • The Man Born Blind Devotional

    John 9:1–7

    John Calvin comments, “We cannot always put our finger on the causes of the punishments which men endure.” We may not infer automatically that a person who is suffering has committed a specific sin. Sometimes the suffering is related to a sin, but not always. In either case, our duty is to help the suffering person in whatever way we are able and in whatever way will provide true assistance. View Resource

  • The Suffering in Sacrifice Devotional

    Matthew 26:36-42

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  • The Patience of Job Devotional

    James 5:7-11

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  • Sovereign over Suffering Devotional

    Genesis 50:15–21

    God always has a good purpose for allowing suffering to come into our lives, but we do not always know what that purpose is. Yet, because we know the Lord is perfectly good (James 1:13–18), we trust that He will work all of the pain that we endure for our final good and His final glory. The better we know the character of our Creator, the better we will be able to trust in His goodness and grace in the midst of all our suffering. View Resource