The Precious Gift

Zinnia by Martin LaBar 

Daily Reform, Day 222

Galatians 3:2 and Isaiah 40:6-8

From the Reformer

Right away foolish reason is once more offended. It scolds us. “When you say that a person can do nothing to obtain the grace of God, you foster carnal security. People become shiftless and will do no good at all. Better not preach this doctrine of faith. Rather urge the people to exert and to exercise themselves in good works, so that the Holy Ghost will feel like coming to them.”

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

When considering one’s relationship with God, it is always better to side with the Word of God rather than with your intellect. Who knows whether your reasoning is right? What has been your track record in the reasoning department? Have you always been correct? Indeed, think how often you have been wrong. Or consider the thoughts of men. They change so often; first, one thing is wrong and then years later it is thought to be right. If this is the case with earthly things, how much more with spiritual? What is written in the book that stands forever? What is written about that most important matter of being justified to God? You are saved by the grace of God through faith, not by your works. (Eph 2:8-9) This is the precious gift of God that we would explain away. Yet this truth of God’s Word will never change or fade away no matter how much we reason.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with Luther in Galatians

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