In the Midst of Life

In the Midst of Life

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries1 Minutes

Troubled by church practices and teachings, Martin Luther summarized his concerns in 95 theses he nailed to the door of Wittenberg Castle Church on October 31, 1517. His actions inaugurated the Reformation. He also became the center of controversy as men and nations took sides on the issues he raised.

Through these experiences, he gained a deep understanding of the importance of grace. He reflected what he learned in a hymn he wrote in 1524, translated into English as “In the Midst of Earthly Life.”

He described how the “snares of death surround us” and “powers of hell” can overtake us. Through our sins and mistakes, we stir up God’s wrath. Our only hope is to cry out to Him. We need God to save us and have mercy on us. Only He is our refuge “when our sins oppress us.”

Luther recognized the importance of the atoning work of Jesus. “Where shall we for refuge go, where for grace to bless us? To Thee, Lord Jesus, only!” His blood was shed to “win full atonement for our sin.” He prayed, “Lord, preserve and keep us in the peace that faith can give.”

Today, remember that Jesus died for you. Because of His sacrifice, you don’t have to carry guilt and worry. You can be clean and free! You can have peace and eternal life. Trust your life to Him. And praise His name.