Today is Halloween and the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.  Below is my attempt to tie it all together in one devotional.

I talked with someone the other day who, reflecting on the daily news from around the world, said, “sometimes it all makes me sick!”  Maybe that conversation was the inspiration for the Jack O Lantern that will greet trick or treaters on my porch tonight.

So what do we do when things seem out of control?  What do we think when it feels like the devil is winning?  Where do we turn when one more news story will make us do what my friend Jack is doing here?

I find these words from Martin Luther helpful.  (Remember it was he who got the Reformation rolling by posting the 95 Theses on the church door on October 31, 1517.)

“In short, if you want to live peacefully, remember that much of what happens in this world will seem pointless.  Don’t be sad when something bad happens in your life.  Instead, enjoy the blessings you still have.  If you have been officially given the responsibility for making something better, then do what you can and leave the rest up to God.  But if you want to voluntarily take on more responsibility, trying to straighten out everything that is crooked, cure every evil, and throw the devil out of this world, then you’ll only cause yourself a lot of pain and sorrow.  It’s like trying to stop the flow of a swift river.  You can’t control what people do in this world.  Rather, the one who created all things is the one who controls them.”

The Reformed Tradition has a high view of the sovereignty of God- Luther captures it beautifully.

May you have hope in the God of peace who is still in control.

 

Pastor Daniel