The Lord has done what he purposed, has carried out his threat; as he ordained long ago, he has demolished without pity; he has made the enemy rejoice over you, and exalted the might of your foes. (Lamentations 2:17 RSV) Ray Stedman on Lamentations 2: In other words, God is faithful. Suddenly Jeremiah realizes that … More God is faithful!
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” —Luke 17:5 J.C. Ryle comments: Faith is a grace which admits of degrees. It does not come to full strength and perfection as soon as it is planted in the heart by the Holy Spirit. There is “little” faith and “great” faith. There is “weak” … More Ryle: Faith is a grace which admits of degrees.
J.C.Ryle on Zechariah’s Song in Luke 1:67-80 We should notice, secondly, in this hymn of praise, how much emphasis Zachariah lays on God’s fulfillment of His promises.He declares that God has “visited and redeemed his people,” speaking of it in the manner of the prophets as a thing already accomplished, because sure to take place. He … More J.C. Ryle: Standing on the Promises
The reading for today, 1 Samuel 29-31, brings us to the end of this book. Bob Deffinbaugh offers this encouraging commentary at Bible.org- This text reminds us of the faithfulness of God, even when we lack faith. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). God anointed David … More Seeing our faithful, merciful, sovereign God in 1 Samuel
BUT I will not remove from him my steadfast love or be false to my faithfulness. C.H. Spurgeon on Psalm 89: 33……Nevertheless. And a glorious nevertheless too! Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him. O glorious fear killing sentence! This crowns the covenant with exceeding glory. Mercy may seem to depart from the Lord’s … More Spurgeon: O glorious fear killing sentence!
I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.” You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have … More Spurgeon: Sense sings but now and then, but faith is an eternal songster.
~From Coty Pinckney, “When God Doesn’t Answer, A Sermon on Psalm 77” The night was dark and foggy. A man walked in the darkness from his house to the cobble-stone street, his step determined and relentless, but his face — had anyone been able to see it in the dark — was tear-stained and weary. … More When God Doesn’t Answer
Genesis 24 tells a wonderful story of God’s providence and leading, bringing Isaac and Rebekah together through a faithful servant and some pretty amazing signs. Theodore Epp, of Back to the Bible, makes this interesting observation at the end of the very eventful chapter: Have you ever considered yourself so small in the sight of … More God Honors Quiet Dedication
Ray Stedman comments on the first 3 chapters of Hosea: So Hosea is rather discouraged and in the opening chapter of this little book of prophecy we read a personal note about him. He went to God and God told him to do a strange thing. God said, “I want you to get married.” I … More Redeeming Love