Strength for Standing

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Daily Reformation, Psalm 1:1-6

About the Reformer

The movement in Germany was directed by the genius and energy of Luther, and the learning and moderation of Melanchthon, assisted by the electors of Saxony and other princes, and sustained by the majority of the people, in spite of the opposition of the bishops and the Emperor Charles V. It started in the University of Wittenberg with a protest against the traffic in indulgences, October 31, 1517, and soon spread all over Germany, which was in various ways prepared for a breach with the pope. At first Luther shrank in horror from the idea of a separation from the traditions of the past, and he attacked a few abuses, taking it for granted that the pope himself would condemn them if properly informed. But the irresistible logic of events brought him into irreconcilable conflict with the central authority of the Church. Leo X., in June, 1520, pronounced the sentence of excommunication against Luther, who, in turn, burned the bull. The Diet of Worms in 1521 added to the pope’s excommunication the ban of the emperor. The bold stand of the poor monk, in the face of the combined civil and ecclesiastical powers of the age, is one of the sublimest scenes in history, and marks an epoch in the progress of freedom.

—Philip Schaff, The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge

Pulling It Together

Where you stand is important to someone. It may not be earthshaking or pivotal in history but it will change someone’s life—if only yours. Be careful, not just that you stand but, where you stand. Just as Luther’s stance began on the Word of God, so must you find your counsel there. It will tell you where to stand and how to stand and provide strength for the standing. Plant your feet deep in the living waters of the Word and thrive—for your sake and the sake of those you influence.

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

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