Luther and Thinking

On October 31 we celebrate the Reformation of the church begun by Martin Luther in 1517. On November 10 we remember Martin Luther’s birthday (1483). Sometimes Lutherans are accused of worshiping Martin Luther. We don’t worship him or follow him as a person, but we do follow his teachings which are clear expositions of the Word of God.

Luther was a great thinker who could follow a line of thought straight through to its conclusion without being turned aside by that which does not apply. He was a great thinker who could take profound truths and state them simply. He was a great thinker who recognized a greater wisdom, even thoughts of God which are higher than the thoughts of men.

Luther was a great thinker. He was able to put aside all that did not apply to the question, “What is it that makes a Christian.”

He could state great truths so simply as to bring them within the understanding of all. Today, after all these centuries we still use his catechism in the instruction of young and old alike in the church.

With all his powers of mind he recognized the truth of the Word of God and would not permit himself to think otherwise than as the truth was found in that Word.

Luther was a great thinker. We shall do well to follow his way of thinking rightly, of speaking simply, and trusting fully in the truth of the Word of God.

Read: Proverbs 23:1-19

Prayer: Give us, O Father, hearts and minds controlled by Your Holy Spirit that we may love Your truth, think right, and turn to You for knowledge and wisdom even as Jesus our Lord. Amen. 

How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.