Five Minutes a Day with Luther Sunday, July 16, 2017
Bible Passage:1 Peter 3:5-6
For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands. Thus Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.
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As these women adorned themselves, he would say, you do the same: just as Sarah was obedient to her husband Abraham, and called him her lord. So Scripture speaks (Gen 18) where the angel came to Abraham and said, "Behold, Sarah your wife shall bear a son"; then she laughed and said: Now that I am old, and my lord is old also, shall I yet have pleasure? This passage St. Peter has justly noticed and adduced in this place; for she would not have called Abraham her lord if she had not been subject to him and had him before her eyes. And you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear. This is what he means. It is usually the nature of women to be troubled and frightened about everything, since they are so frequently occupied with charms and superstitions, while one teaches the other, so that there is no way of knowing what illusions they have. This should not be the case with a Christian woman, but she should go forward securely, and not be superstitious, and she should go about here and there, pronouncing here a blessing, there a blessing. Whatever may happen, she should let God direct; and she is to remember it cannot go ill with her, for as long as she knows her condition, that her state is pleasing to God, what will she then have to fear? Though your child die, though you are sick, it is well if it pleases God; if you are in a state which pleases God, what better can you desire? This, then, is what is preached to wives. Now follows the duty of husbands.
O blest the house, whate'er befall,
Where Jesus Christ is all in all;
Yea, if He were not dwelling there,
How poor, and dark, and void it were!
aka Pastor Robin Fish It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"