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Always Turn Back to the Promise

December 26, 2018
By Martin Luther

Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

PSALM 121:4

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Always Turn Back to the Promise

This is therefore the wisdom of the Christians, to endure the plans of God and to persevere by faith in the promise that has been given, for it is indeed sure and firm, and the Lord's covenant is faithful, according to the statement of Psalm 121:4: "Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep." But human reason replies: "These things are indeed excellently and beautifully spoken, but I am experiencing the contrary. He is not only sleeping but even snoring; to be sure, there is plainly no God at all to care for us and have regard for us." . . . All are silent and allow the devil to rage against the holy Church. Where is God now? We are often reminded and taught by examples of this kind that the promise must be apprehended by faith and that one must not doubt God when He makes promises. For as God cannot lie (Titus 1:2), so it is impossible for Him not to exercise care for us, especially if we adhere to the promise. For if this is firmly apprehended, it is impossible for us to be forsaken, because God is true. Accordingly, when He allows us to be tried, to be led down to hell, to be mortified . . . we must always turn back to the promise, and that horrible scandal by which we are being crucified must be removed from our eyes.

From Lectures on Genesis (Luther's Works 6:360)

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