Our pastor published this excerpt from Martin Luther in one of his newsletters recently. I thought I would share it with you.
God Does Not Desert Those Who Trust in Him
We know that tribulation worketh patience, and patience, experience, and experience, hope. – Romans 5:3-4
“When God wants to strengthen a man’s faith He first weakens it by feigning to break faith with him. He thrusts him into many tribulations and makes him so weary that he is driven to despair, and yet He gives him strength to be still and persevere. Such quietness is patience and patience produces experience, so that when God returns to him and lets His sun rise and shine again, and when the storm is over he opens his eyes in amazement and says: ‘The Lord shall be praised, that I have been delivered from evil. God dwells here. I did not think that all would end so well’.
~ Martin Luther
(Painting is by William Pierce Stubbs, 1842-1909. Ship in a Storm)