Possessing God

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The Great White Throne in Zion National Park

Daily Reformation, Revelation 3:14-22

From the Reformer

Such too are all who in adversity run hither and thither, and look for counsel and help everywhere except from God, from Whom they are most urgently commanded to seek it; whom the Prophet Isaiah reproves thus, Isaiah 9: “The mad people turneth not to Him that smiteth them”; that is, God smote them and sent them sufferings and all kinds of adversity, that they should run to Him and trust Him. But they run away from Him to men, now to Egypt, now to Assyria, perchance also to the devil; and of such idolatry much is written in the same Prophet and in the Books of the Kings. This is also the way of all holy hypocrites when they are in trouble: they do not run to God, but flee from Him, and only think of how they may get rid of their trouble through their own efforts or through human help, and yet they consider themselves and let others consider them pious people.

—Martin Luther, Treatise on Good Works

Pulling It Together

The costliest counsel of all is to admit your need and become totally dependent on the riches of God. It seems as though it might cost you self-esteem, reputation, and that most valuable of Western (at least American) commodities, self-reliance. Yet, dependence upon self instead of Christ is even more costly. Open the door to him and the greatest wealth will be yours. Not only will you share the kingdom with God but he will have given himself to you. How can one prosper more than to “possess” God?

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

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