The Big Picture

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Daily Reformation, Psalm 23:1-6

From the Reformer

From Eisenach [Luther] started with Amsdorf and Petzensteiner for Möhra to see his relations. He spent a night with his uncle Heinz, and preached on the next Sunday morning. He resumed his journey towards Altenstein and Waltershausen, accompanied by some of his relatives. On the 4th of May, a company of armed horsemen suddenly appeared from the woods, stopped his carriage, amidst cursing and swearing, pulled him out, put him on horseback, hurried away with him in full speed, and brought him about midnight to the Wartburg, where he was to be detained as a noble prisoner of state in charge of Captain von Berlepsch, the governor of the castle.

—Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church

Pulling It Together

Where will your journey take you today? You do not know the details but you can know the big picture. Perhaps you have your day completely planned, hour-by-hour, but as all too often happens, one may end up saying, “I just never know.” Instead, say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that” (James 4:15). Your life is in God’s hands. This should comfort you. You may be pulled out of your comfortable routine and carried away to a place you did not want to go. Say, “As the Lord wills,” and then trust him. Even though you are in the shadow of death, there is no reason to curse or fear, for God is with you. Wherever the Shepherd is, there is the sheepfold. You are safe, even in death, because you are with the Shepherd. That is the big picture.

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

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