Daily Reform, Day 201
Galatians 2:21 & 1 Peter 3:14-17
From the Reformer
Like Paul, we struggle with the Word of God against the fanatical Anabaptists of our day; and our efforts are not entirely in vain. The trouble is there are many who refuse to be instructed. They will not listen to reason; they will not listen to the Scriptures, because they are bewitched by the tricky devil who can make a lie look like the truth.
Since the devil has this uncanny ability to make us believe a lie until we would swear a thousand times it were the truth, we must not be proud, but walk in fear and humility, and call upon the Lord Jesus to save us from temptation.
Although I am a doctor of divinity, and have preached Christ and fought His battles for a long time, I know from personal experience how difficult it is to hold fast to the truth. I cannot always shake off Satan. I cannot always apprehend Christ as the Scriptures portray Him. Sometimes the devil distorts Christ to my vision. But thanks be to God, who keeps us in His Word, in faith, and in prayer.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
We must always be ready to be challenged in our beliefs. Indeed, we should welcome such challenges. And we should be used to these challenges because we have been honest enough to challenge ourselves. More is required than to easily say, “Well, that’s just what I believe.” Why do you believe what you believe? What do the scriptures say on the matter? Can you actually defend your beliefs? Start with defending them to yourself, and then you will be able to answer others. Do not be afraid to defend your faith. People may revile you, but at least you were able to give a faithful answer.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers