Luther Quote of the Day

25. I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging bread.

You see, he provides further assurance by citing his own experience. And truly, daily experience does substantiate this, and all men must acknowledge that it is so. If someone is so desolate that he must hunt for his bread, this is a sure sign that he has lacked faith and, therefore, deserves to be desolate.

But this hunting for bread or begging bread must be understood to mean that the righteous man does not suffer hunger or die of starvation, even though he may be poor and have little to his name. Though he may not know where his next meal is coming from, he still manages to eat. If one person does not provide him with food, another does; he must surely get his food somewhere, and those who do not contribute to his support are sinning. Although the rich man did not give anything to poor Lazarus (Luke 16:21), Lazarus still had food, however meager it may have been. God does not spare His saints poverty, but He does not let them be defeated or destroyed by it.

The Four Psalms of Comfort

Psalm 37

Translated by
Jaroslav Pelikan

Luther’s works, vol. 14:
Selected Psalms III
p 221-222


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