Psalm 46 tells us that we all have a need to slow down and just “be still.” We need time for quiet reflection, but oh how little we actually do just that. John Piper, in a 1991 sermon, “God: Refuge for His People, Exalted Among the Nations” explains: One of the reasons we invest our lives in … More Piper: The impact of God’s awesome reality doesn’t hit us and hold us and shape us unless we become still
Bob Deffinbaugh (Bible.org) comments on Paul and the shipwreck of Acts 27: Two full weeks had passed, and the storm showed no sign of weakening. No one had seen the sun, the moon, or the stars for many days (verse 20). Since ancient sailors navigated by the heavens, this meant they had no idea where … More When God does the impossible, no man can lay claim to any part of the glory that belongs only to Him
We can learn alot from the experiences of Paul. God has given His precious promises to us, too. Some are promises for all people for all times, while others may be only for certain people of a certain time in history. But we can be sure that just as God fulfilled all of His purposes … More Comedy of errors or “all things for good”?
…but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. —Matthew 14:24-25 ESV J. C. Ryle with encouragement gleaned from Matthew 14:22-33 at “Grace Gems!”– … More Walking on the waves that He made and controlled
When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” And since he … More How do we discern God’s will?
J. C. Ryle with encouragement gleaned from Matthew 14:22-33 at “Grace Gems!”– There is encouragement here for all true Christians. Let them know that there is nothing created, which is not under Christ’s control. “All things serve Him.” He may allow His people to be tried for a season, and tossed to and fro by storms … More Ryle: HIS billows. Under HIS control.
Bob Deffinbaugh wrote an article on Acts 18:1-7 at Bible.org: It took a while to realize this, but it is noteworthy that Paul’s first significant success evangelizing among the Gentiles came at this point in time, a time when Paul was at his lowest. He was fearful, both of his safety, and of the results … More God works through human weakness so that He receives the honor and the praise.
In our Bible reading plan we come to Exodus 13-15, an especially chapter 15, the Song of Moses. Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952) comments on verses 11-12 “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? You stretched out your right hand; the earth swallowed them. … More A.W. Pink: How entirely different is the Lord!
“Then the Lord said to him, ‘Who made man’s mouth? Who makes him dumb or deaf or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?’” Exodus 4:11 John Piper, in a sermon, “Who Made Man’s Mouth?” from Exodus 4: The first thing this verse means is this: Moses, the God you have been talking … More WHO made man’s mouth?
John Piper comments on Exodus 3, a passage in our Bible reading plan today: The most common and the most important name for God in the Old Testament is a name that in our English versions never even gets translated. Whenever you see the word LORD in all capital letters, you know that this name … More What does it mean when you ask your God, Who are you?