May 11

So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. Genesis 2:3

Human beings were created primarily to know God and to worship him. The day of worship was established, not for sheep and cows, but for people so that they might learn to know God. Even after the human race lost its knowledge of God because of sin, God intended his command to set apart the day of worship as holy to stay in effect.  Furthermore, God wanted people to use the seventy day for studying his Word and for participating in the kind of worship he established.  He did this so that first and foremost we would realize that our fundamental calling and purpose in life is acknowledging and praising God.

In addition, this day was established to assure us of eternal life in the future.  Everything that God commands us to observe on the day of worship gives us clear indications of another life to follow.  Why would God bother to talk to us through his Word if we were not going to receive eternal life in the future?  If there was no hope of any future life, why wouldn’t we live our lives as if God had nothing to say to us?  Wouldn’t we rather pretend that we didn’t know him?  Because the Lord of all speaks only to humans, and they are the only ones who can know him and know about him, it follows that there must be a life beyond this one. In order to reach the next life, we need to know God and his Word in this life.

Martin Luther- Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional

Edited by James C. Galvin

Timeless insights from one of the most important people in church history. Resounding across the centuries, Martin Luther’s prolific writings as a pastor, theologian, scholar, Bible translator, father, and more, remain powerful and richly relevant. Faith Alone is a treasury of accessible devotionals taken from Luther’s best writings and sermons from the years 1513 through 1546. This carefully updated translation retains the meaning, tone, and imagery of Luther’s works such as this gem:

Some people value good works so much that they overlook faith in Christ. Faith should be first. It is faith—without good works and prior to good works—that takes us to heaven. We come to God through faith alone. —Martin Luther

Through daily readings, Luther’s straightforward approach challenges you to a more thoughtful faith. Read one brief section a day or explore themes using the subject index in the back of the book. Faith Alone will deepen your understanding of Scripture and help you more fully appreciate the mystery of faith.

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