The Stronghold

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Daily Reformation, 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10

From the Reformer

He who has made himself master of the principles and text of the word runs little risk of committing errors. A theologian should be thoroughly in possession of the basis and source of faith—that is to say, the Holy Scriptures. Armed with this knowledge it was that I confounded and silenced all my adversaries; for they seek not to fathom and understand the Scriptures; they run them over negligently and drowsily; they speak, they write, they teach, according to the suggestion of their heedless imaginations. My counsel is, that we draw water from the true source and fountain, that is, that we diligently search the Scriptures. He who wholly possesses the text of the Bible, is a consummate divine. One single verse, one sentence of the text, is of far more instruction than a whole host of glosses and commentaries…

—Martin Luther, Table Talk

Pulling It Together

Let your words be the Word and your silence be prayer. Leave the rest to the Holy Spirit. This counsel is not merely for your custom with others. Do not give the Word just to them; give it to yourself as well. What book do you read the most? What words do you consider as the day moves along? Many are ready with the newest sound bites and the latest scores but not with the Word of the Almighty. Too many Christians go to the daily newspaper or email, yet never to the eternal Word. When all other words have failed you, the Word of God will remain a stronghold around you.

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

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