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God's Training Method

April 14, 2019
By Martin Luther

By Your favor, O LORD, You made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face; I was dismayed.

PSALM 30:7

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God's Training Method

This is the usual way of training saintly and godly men. . .. Why or how does God rule in this manner? Why does He not make this joy complete and lasting for His saints? I do not know, except for the fact that I observe this pattern and common example in all the saints, even in Christ Himself, their Head, who sometimes rejoices in spirit and joyfully gives thanks to God in the Holy Spirit. Afterward He is again troubled in spirit, prays for protection, and laments that He has been forsaken in the hour of death, as one can see in Psalm 8:5 and in Psalm 22:1. Therefore one should learn this example and this pattern of the saints, yes, this method by which God governs His saints.

From Lectures on Genesis (Luther's Works 3:4)

April 14