December 29

 

And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.  Luke 2:12

 

Why does God warn the wise men not to return to Herod?  Even if Herod had found out, God easily could have protected Jesus from him and the entire world.  The reason God did it this way is so we would learn not to test God.  We should never look down on what we can conveniently accomplish with the help of what God has created.

Certainly you should believe in God and say, “I will trust God.  Everything will turn out all right.”  You should trust him as much as if you didn’t want to work and were saying, “I will trust God.  What is supposed to grow will grow anyway.”  But if this is all you do, what’s the use of all that God has created?  According to Genesis 1, God created everything in the world and established how human beings should use and work with all of it.  He’s not going to revoke that created order or make a special one just for you.

So in areas where God’s Word gives you no command, you should continue to make use of your strength, your possessions, your friends, and everything God has given you.  You should remain in the created order God established in Genesis 1, for he didn’t give it to you for nothing.  He will not make wine in to water or turn stones into bread just for you.  Rather, you should accept everything God has provided and use it just as he created it to be used, unless God’s Word tells you to do otherwise.

 

Martin Luther’s Here I Stand (Audio CD)

 

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.

 

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