His Richest Consolation

But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
PSALM 22:6
His Richest Consolation
Since it thus seems good to God and it cannot be otherwise but that there should be a flock which for God's sake is . . . a reproach of men and rejected by the people (cf. Psalm 22:6), we are certainly not reluctant to be regarded as such in the world. For we have His richest consolation, which has said (cf. Matthew 5:11-12): "Blessed will you be when men hate you and when they cast you out, insult you, and utter your name like an evil omen on account of the Son of Man. Be glad on that day and rejoice, for behold, your reward is great in heaven.” It is a matter of a short time. Life is brief and wretched, but the joy and glory we await is eternal. Since, therefore, it pleases God that we should be a little flock, insignificant and despised, let us bear the troubles of this life with a calm and joyful heart.

From Lectures on Genesis (Luther's Works 6:52)
March 17
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