February 01, 2021

Day by Day with Martin Luther

Read: Exodus 13:17-15:18 Matthew 21:23-46 Proverbs 6:16-19

“Joy in Trials”

“ I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
[Philippians 4:13]

The godless are unaware of this feeling of joy in trials; for it is not a human power or strength. But of the Holy Spirit, which so transforms human beings in such a way that they think nothing of what terrifies others and laugh at what others lament. Now, this is a great power: to be able to turn an unbearable yoke into one that is not only bearable, but even pleasant and light, not by changing the load itself but by changing the person carrying it. For the person himself is clothed with new strength, which “can do all things through Him who strengthens him”, as Paul says. For if I were commanded to bear heaven and earth, I would surely be utterly terrified. But if someone else were to supply a power that is enough to bear it easily, as if I were tossing a ball, now I would not only be able to bear it, but I also would even play and be delighted in carrying it. And this is the strength of Christ, who says clearly “my burden”. As if He were saying: “my burden is unlike other burdens. By burden does not weigh down but lifts up.”

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