Sunday, November 24, 2019

Theologia Germanica: preparation

Sunday, November 24, 2019
    [Faithful people] were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
    —Hebrews 11:16 (NIV)
    Now men say, “I am in no wise prepared for this work, and therefore it cannot be wrought in me,” and thus they find an excuse, so that they neither are ready nor in the way to be so. And truly there is no one to blame for this but themselves. For if a man were looking and striving after nothing but to find a preparation in all things, and diligently gave his whole mind to see how he might become prepared; verily God would well prepare him, for God giveth as much care and earnestness and love to the preparing of a man, as to the pouring in of His Spirit when the man is prepared.
    ... Theologia Germanica [1518], Anonymous, ascribed to Johannes de Francfordia, (1380?-1440) & Susanna Winkworth, tr., published anonymously by Martin Luther, ch. XXII (see the book)
    See also Heb. 11:13-16; Ex. 3:11-12; 4:10-12; Mark 14:72; Luke 22:31-32; Heb. 7:25
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your will, Your service, and Your word prepare me for Your call.
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