It is the first day back at work after the 17-day vacation.
I did wake up in time, I didn’t feel sleepy during the day, yet my mind was tired by the day’s end.
The old doubts came to torment again and I felt helpless in the face of this storm.
So God decided to remind me.
First, with a post from Duane Scott… (which for some reason I missed when it was just posted…)
With crushing reality, the world sways and I realize how foolish I am to believe that a God who holds the stars and the moon couldn’t hold my dreams and I am tempted to fall against the cold earth floor and offer to Him everything.
~ Duane Scott, For When We Live with Clenched Fists
Second reminder came when I finally decided what I wanted to watch before going to sleep.
I got this movie over three months ago – Luther with Joseph Fiennes. I wanted to watch it a couple of times, but the timing didn’t seem appropriate. Today it felt right… and with tears in my eyes and a grin on my face, I realize that the timing could not be more right.
I’ve no idea whether Luther preached this sermon word for word. However, whoever wrote the script surely knew what he was doing, for the words speak to my heart and mind.
Those who see God as angry do not see Him rightly, but look upon a curtain as if a dark storm cloud has been drawn across His face. If we truly believe that Christ is our Savior, then we have a God of love! And to see God in faith is to look upon His friendly heart.
So when the devil throws your sins into your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know the One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God. Where He is, I shall be also.”
~ Martin Luther, Luther
I don’t really have anything else to add, but I hope those words will speak to your hearts just like they did to mine.