May 4

Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.  Job 1:21

Isn’t it true that your money, property, body, spouse, children, and friends are good things created and given to you by God himself?  Ultimately, they all belong to God and not to you.  What if he were to test your loyalty by taking them away from you?  What if he wanted to learn whether you were willing to let go of them for his sake?  What if he wanted to see whether you would hold tighter to him or to his gifts?  What if you became separated from your loved ones?  Do you think you would have the right to rant and rave, forcibly attempt to get them back, or sulk until they were returned to you?  If you argue that these are God’s good gifts to you and that you want to get them back no matter what the cost, then you would be making a big mistake.

If you want to do the right thing, don’t rush ahead without thinking.  You must fear God and say, “Dear Lord, the people and things you have given me are good, as you have said in Scripture.  Yet I don’t know whether you will let me keep them.  If I knew that you didn’t want me to have them, I wouldn’t even try to get them back.  However, if I knew that you wanted me to have them, I would do what you want by taking them back.  But I don’t know what you want me to do.  All I can see now is that you have allowed them to be taken away from me.  So I’ll turn the whole matter over to you.  I’ll wait until I know what to do.  I’m ready to live either with them or without them.”

Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed The World

A 2005 Gold Medallion finalist!

Martin Luther served as a catalyst of the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe. This book teaches children about his fascinating life, influence, and teaching while encouraging them to see how God uses them in His kingdom today.

Children learn the historic background to a significant time in the church. They discover that, like Martin Luther, they can learn about the reality of Christ’s life and death on their behalf, His grace and mercy, and His desire for them as baptized, redeemed children of God.

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