Daily Reformation, John 8:43-47
From the Reformer
`Twas a special gift of God that speech was given to mankind; for through the Word, and not by force, wisdom governs. Through the Word people are taught and comforted, and thereby all sorrow is made light, especially in cases of the conscience. Therefore God gave to his Church an eternal Word to hear, and the sacraments to use. But this holy function of preaching the Word is, by Satan, fiercely resisted; he would willingly have it utterly suppressed, for thereby his kingdom is destroyed.
—Martin Luther, Table Talk
Pulling It Together
She determined that she would just go ahead and say it and trust God. She could not force her family to believe. The Word, however, makes demands that its spokesperson may not. Still, could her family believe if they had yet to hear? Even hearing, they may not understand. But there is greater force by far in the spoken Word than in the orator. So she would speak the Word and leave the rest to God.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers