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It's Not Always What It Seems

February 20, 2019
By Martin Luther

Those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

PSALM 9:10

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It's Not Always What It Seems

[God] is really a helper in need. For He does not forsake His saints who hope in Him, although they seem to be forsaken and cast off. For this is what it means not to forsake those who are nearly forsaken. But God makes an affirmative out of a negative. When the godly say: "There is no help in God: I am lost," God replies: "You are not lost, and you will not be lost as you conclude, but I shall give you a mouth and wisdom even in the extremity of the greatest dangers so that you are not forsaken." It certainly appears to be forsaking, but in reality it is not. Therefore God again sends forth His Word and comforts the troubled old man [Jacob].... "Your prayer and tears," He wants to say, "compel Me to come to your aid. The things which seemed to threaten you with destruction will not harm you at all. I am the Lord your God!"

From Lectures on Genesis (Luther's Works 6:221-22)

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