Luther Quote of the Day

When Jacob therefore struggles with weakness of faith and does not cling to the promise firmly enough but wavers somewhat according to the flesh and has doubts about God’s will, as the flesh is accustomed to do, then there appears to him the gloomy face of God, struggling with him and desiring to kill him. The same happens to all who are tried when they do not rejoice in the goodness of God which has been clearly perceived but shudder at God’s wrath and are terrified. Here all things seem to threaten instant death, all things are black, cloudy, gloomy, unfavorable, and mournful in heaven and on earth. Neither the sun nor the moon shines forth because the heart, over-whelmed in the flesh, is dying, and when that is dead, all things fall into ruin. … 

Luther’s works, vol. 6: Lectures on Genesis: Chapters 31-37 p 142-143


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