Luther on Temptations

God delights in our temptations, and yet hates them; He delights in them when they drive us to prayer; He hates them when they drive us to despair. The Psalm says: “An humble and contrite heart is an acceptable sacrifice to God.” Therefore, when it goes well with you,, sing and praise God with a hymn. When it goes in evil and when temptation comes, then pray, “For the Lord has pleasure in those who fear him.” Or even better, “…and in those who hope in His goodness.” God helps the lowly and humble. Seeing them, He says, “Thinkest you my hand is shortened that I cannot help?” He who feels himself weak in faith, let him always desire to be strong therein, for that is nourishment which God relishes in us” [Martin Luther, Table Talk (Gainsville: Fl.: Bridge-Logos, 2004), 55].

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