Daily Reform, Day 199

Galatians 2:21 & Romans 8:26-26

From the Reformer

Satan is clever. He does not only bewitch men in a crude manner, but also in a more artful fashion. He bedevils the minds of men with hideous fallacies. Not only is he able to deceive the self-assured, but even those who profess the true Christian faith. There is not one among us who is not at times seduced by Satan into false beliefs.

This accounts for the many new battles we have to wage nowadays. But the attacks of the old Serpent are not without profit to us, for they confirm our doctrine and strengthen our faith in Christ. Many a time we were wrestled down in these conflicts with Satan, but Christ has always triumphed and always will triumph. Do not think that the Galatians were the only ones to be bewitched by the devil. Let us realize that we too may be seduced by Satan.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

We are all vulnerable to the wiles of the devil. But we should not despair when we are tempted or even when we fall into sin. God is still with us. Even the devil’s trickery is turned to good, since the Spirit of God helps us in our weakness. We need to relax a bit and trust God. What if the Galatians had responded to the Judaizers this way? Of course, we are not good enough. Certainly we are sinners. This is why Christ died for us too. Instead, they became anxious and did not trust that God was with them always. They had to do something about it—something good, something righteous, something saving. What if then, they responded in this manner? We have been duped! We did not need to do a thing but trust the power of God in this weakness of ours. We will stop trying to be righteous enough and now, trust in the triumph of Christ alone. What if the Galatians had responded that way? What if you do?

Relax; God has this under control.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers

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