November 16, 2020

Day by Day with Martin Luther

Read: Daniel 10:1-21 1st John 2:1-12

“Where Weakness Ends”

The Lord lets the godly become powerless and to be brought low, at times, until everyone supposes their end is near, whereas in these very things He is present to them with all His power, yet so hidden and in secret that even those who suffer the oppression may not feel it, but only believe. There is the fullness of God’s power and His outstretched arm. For where man’s strength ends, God’s strength begins, provided faith is present and waits on Him. And when the oppression comes to an end, it becomes manifest to all what great strength was hidden underneath our human weakness. Our Lord, Christ, performed His mightiest work on the cross, conquering sin, death, world, hell, and all evil while allowing the evil one to have free reign upon Him. Thus, all the martyrs were also strong and overcame. Thus, too, all who suffer and are oppressed, likewise will overcome. Therefore it is said in Joel 3:10: “let the weak say, ‘I am strong’”– yet in faith, and without feeling it until it is accomplished.

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