Our Sacred Anchor

Posted: November 6, 2011 in bible, faith, old testament, prayer, suffering

Martin Luther commenting on Jonah 2:2:

2. I called to the Lord out of my distress. For there was nothing else to do in such need of both body and soul but cry out. Our desires, our powers are nothing, just as Jonah here called out in pressing need. No merit was present, for he had sinned very seriously against the Lord. And so the only thing to do was to cry out, to cry out “to the Lord.” For the Lord is the only one to whom we must flee as to a sacred anchor and the only safety on those occasions when we think that we are done for. But this is the gist of the matter, that even though we feel that God is against us and that we have an angry God and that we are sinners who have deserved wrath and damnation, still it is possible for us to pray to God as to our kind and placable Father, for that is the kind of God He always is, and He ought never to be understood in any other way. And so God ought to be thought of not according to what we see but according to His promises, in which He has promised that He will be our Father and our God. When He treats us well, when He does not test or smite us, we ought not to put our trust in Him on that account, since He is doing something different from that which appears, but we should fear Him. On the other hand, when He strikes us down, again we ought not to distrust Him on that account, and there is no need to despair because He is doing something different from what we think.

– Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 19 : Minor Prophets II: Jonah and Habakkuk, ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald and Helmut T. Lehmann, Luther’s Works (Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1999), Jon 2:2.

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