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Knowing God through His Word ... Day by Day

In our Bible passage in Romans today:

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
—Romans 15:4

John Piper says that there are three three truths from Romans 15:4

  1. All the Scriptures are for our instruction.
  2. All the Scriptures are intended by God to give steadfastness and encouragement.
  3. All the Scriptures have this goal: to sustain our hope.

Piper goes on to explain:

Benjamin Warfield, the great Princeton teacher, was told one time by an unsympathetic saint of his day (in 1911): “Ten minutes on your knees will give you a truer knowledge of God than ten hours over your books.” Warfield’s response was beautiful. He said, “What! [More] than ten hours over your books, on your knees?”

Another Princeton saint, Philip Lindsay, used to make the same point by saying to his…

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Answers and Promises, Day 4


From The Darkness Into The Light

Today’s reading is drawn from Joel 2:12-13 and Joel 2:18-19.

Observation

Often an answer from God will come packaged and delivered in a promise — as something potentially available. That is how God dealt with his people through the prophet Joel. He answered their pleas with a call to return to him so that he could make good on promised blessings.

Application

We’d rather the answer come in concrete form — fully assembled and ready to use, with a full guarantee. But God has spoken more than 7,000 answers to our problems and questions in promise form. So how do we get these answers wrapped in “potential packaging” to become reality? God gives his answers in potential form because his greatest goal for us is not making us comfortable, it is building our characters. He makes promises reality, not through obligation, but through obedience. God’s promises are converted from…

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