Weekly Devotion

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Readings: Psalm 46, Romans 1:16-17, 3:19-28, John 8:31-36

Dangerous Trials

Life is good! It’s all sunshine and blue skies ahead! “This is the most dangerous trial of all, when there is no trial and every thing goes well; for then a man is tempted to forget God, to become too bold and to misuse times of prosperity,” said Martin Luther. This weekend we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and we thank the courageous, obedient, passionate Martin Luther, who was used by God to reform the church and open people’s eyes to the Good News of the Gospel. If some of us are in a prosperous time, I pray we won’t misuse it. If some are struggling, I pray the Lord’s guidance and strength as we weather the trial. Our goal is to remain a faithful disciple, whatever our current trial, right? In the reading above from John 8, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Of course that’s what we want and what He wants for us: Freedom from forgetting God, freedom from fear, freedom from anxiety, freedom from slavery to sin…freedom in Christ to live and love as He did. We learn rather quickly that freedom in Christ can take effort on our part. “If you hold to my teaching,” Jesus said, then “the truth will set you free.” Martin Luther learned that truth and held fast to it; he studied and understood the Word to become a true disciple of Christ and to discover freedom there. Dangerous trials will come in many forms, but if we hold fast to our Savior and His teaching, we can know the freedom Martin Luther fought for. Scripture alone, Faith alone, Grace alone. God bless the reformation happening in your life! Holding fast with you, Tracy