June 29

Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. Genesis 32:1

Angels are spirits who serve all of creation.  Their job on earth is to fight for the good of the world and the welfare of God’s people.  Their job in heaven is to sing, “Glory to God in the highest,” and “Lord God, we praise you.”  Christ says that the “angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:10).

The angels have a good understanding of how the world works.  They know that there’s a correlation between the fortunate circumstances of wicked people and the adverse conditions of faithful believers.  While we Christians are still on earth, we cannot fully understand this or see how it can be true.  At the end of the world, after this life, we will understand how all of this fits together.

People who are unfamiliar with the principles of musical harmony have trouble appreciating how the various sounds produced by an organ or harp can result in such beautiful music.  In this life, we hear the sounds, not the symphony.  It appears to us that God is asleep and the devil is wide-awake and ruling everything.  Human reason concludes that neither God nor people are in control of the world, but that everything on earth happens by chance.  Human wisdom can’t comprehend the infinite, heavenly truth that God is in charge and allows many more things in this world to succeed than fail.  God’s kindness is more widespread than the devil’s cruelty.  But human reason makes us uncertain because we experience so much disorder and injustice.  We feel uncertain because we don’t’ see by the same light the angels do.  We can’t understand how right and wrong, life and death, light and darkness all harmonize.

Martin Luther: Bondage of the Will

The Bondage of the Will, Luther’s exposition on the doctrine of God’s sovereignty, laid the groundwork for Reformation thought. It shows us a humbling view of ourselves while strengthening our faith in Christ.

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