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Staying Strong While We Wait

January 30, 2020
By Martin Luther

And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The LORD blessed him.

GENESIS 26:12

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Staying Strong While We Wait

Let us learn from this passage to persevere in faith, lest we doubt or waver if some trial comes upon us. For note how generously God recompenses Isaac for the earlier trial, in order that we may know that He is not angry forever. And since we have the promise, let us hold out in trials and conclude: "The Lord, who said to me: 'Believe,' will surely keep His promise. Meanwhile I shall wait in accordance with the words 'Wait for the Lord, be strong, etc. (Psalm 27:14), 'Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord' (Psalm 31:24). The godly should wait and persevere even in greatest dangers and adversities; for He has promised that He wants to take care of us. 1 Peter 5:7 states: 'Cast all your anxieties on Him, for He cares about you.' " The exercises of faith are necessary for the godly; for without them their faith would grow weak and lukewarm, yes, would eventually be extinguished. But from this source they assuredly learn what faith is; and when they have been tried, they grow in the knowledge of the Son of God and become so strong and firm that they can rejoice and glory in misfortunes no less than in days of prosperity and can regard any trial at all as nothing more than a little cloud or a fog which vanishes forthwith.

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