As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. Ecclesiastes 11:5
God leads and directs his people in mysterious ways. In the Bible, we read, “Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen” (Psalm 77:19). Christ himself told Peter, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand” (John 13:7). Christ seems to be saying, “You want to see me and want me to do what seems good and right to you. But I will act in a way that will make you think I’m a fool rather than God. You will see my back, not my face. You won’t understand what I’m doing or why I’m doing it. Then I’ll be able to mold you and remold you the way I would like. My methods may appear as foolish to you as if they were from the devil himself.”
We need to learn how God guides his people as they grow and develop. I too have often tried to dictate to our Lord God a certain way in which I expect him to run things. I have often said, “O Lord, would you please do it this way and make it come out that way?” But God did just the opposite, even though I said to myself, “This is a good suggestion that will bring honor to God and expand his kingdom.” Undoubtedly, God must have laughed at my so-called wisdom and said, “All right, I know that you are an intelligent, educated person, but I never needed a Peter, a Luther, or anyone else to teach, inform, rule, or guide me. I am not a God who will allow himself to be taught or directed by others. Rather, I am the one who leads, rules, and teaches people.”
In the late afternoon of April 18, 1521, in the city of Worms, Germany, Martin Luther, a 37 year-old Catholic monk was called to defend himself before Charles the Fifth, the Holy Roman Emperor. The speech he delivered that day, Here I Stand, marked the beginning of the Reformation, a critical turning point in Christian history that decisively altered the spiritual map of the world. In this recording, Max McLean introduces the events leading up to the Diet of Worms; Martin Luther’s prayer the night before he delivered his speech; Luther’s stirring defense; the Catholic church’s rebuttal; and, Luther’s final heartfelt response.