Stand Firm

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Daily Reformation, Exodus 14:13-14

About the Reformer

Still another deputation approached [Huss], his three friends John of Chlum, Wenzel of Duba and Lacembok, and four bishops. They were sent by Sigismund. As a layman, John of Chlum did not venture to give Huss advice, but bade him, if he felt sure of his cause, rather than to be against God, to stand fast, even to death. One of the bishops asked whether he presumed to be wiser than the whole council. No, was the reply, but to retract he must be persuaded of his errors out of the Scriptures. “An obstinate heretic!” exclaimed the bishops. This was the final interview in private. The much-desired opportunity was at hand for him to stand before the council as a body, and it was his last day on earth.

—Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church

Pulling It Together

It is easy enough to run back to Egypt when the desert gets hot. It is a far better thing to stand still in your moment of weakness, for these are the times when God shows his strength to his people—and sometimes through them. His grace alone is sufficient for you since power is perfected in weakness. Therefore, you should gladly boast about your weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in you. (2Cor 12:9) Instead of relying on your own strength to get back to Egypt, stand “strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might.” (Eph 6:10)

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

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