In Due Time

The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
In Due Time
Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said: To your descendants I will give this land [Genesis 12:7]. After Abram, the exile, has been annoyed and troubled among the Canaanites long enough and in various ways, he finds great comfort in his trials, to keep him from being overcome by impatience. For it is true that no flesh would be saved (Matthew 24:22) unless at that time the days were shortened and comfort followed. He who perseveres in faith will surely experience in the end that God does not forsake His own. He indeed defers His comfort and strains the sinew to such an extent that you think it is about to tear. But in due time He is at hand; and when we seem to be on the verge of collapse, He supports us with His help. For this reason Psalm 9:9 bestows this title on God, calling Him "a Helper at the appropriate time.”

From Lectures on Genesis (Luther's Works 2:283)
February 19
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