INTERNATIONALE MARTIN LUTHER STIFTUNG

The daily Luther

19th September

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Interpretation of Martin Luther ...

Cover of "Luther Breviary"
Cover of "Luther Breviary"

The daily Luther

19th September

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Habakkuk 2 (iii)

That is why we should learn how to hold on tightly to the Word and not to let go, even if it were to take a hundred years. For even if God does delay, He does it out of grace and in our best interests, so that our Faith may become strong and great and so that He can be even more generous in giving what He has promised. For this is God's way, to be slow to come. But there can be no doubt that He will come, just as He will deal out a powerful punishment, even if He is slow to punish. He gives us the time and the space to get to know ourselves and to make ourselves better. This is why the elect must wait and be patient, on account of the evildoers, so that His Truth may be made manifest: that He is forbearing and is not quick to punish. And this is why the patience of the devout and the cunning of the wicked last a long time. But God will come at the proper time and will amply repay both parties.

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