Friday, November 29, 2013

A Voice from the Past - Luther

God allows the godly to be powerless and oppressed so that everyone thinks they are done for, yet even in that very moment God is most powerfully present, though hidden and concealed. When the power of man fails, the power of God begins, provided faith is present and expectant. When the oppression is ended, then one sees what strength lies below the weakness. Even so was Christ powerless on the cross, and yet he was most mighty there and overcame sin, death, world, hell, devil, and all ill.

Martin Luther, 1483-1546, The Martin Luther Christmas Book, Visitation (translated and arranged  by Roland Bainton, The Westminister Press, 1948, pp. 28, 29).

How does God's producing strength through weakness affect our view of the world? How can we apply this to our lives?

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