Luther’s Lasting Peace

A devotion on Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the LORD and he will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be moved.
–Psalm 55:22

Martin Luther was ridden with guilt because of his sins.

He tried a number of different things to ease his burden, including becoming a monk and trying to live a life of perfect piety, but nothing worked.

For years, he lived in fear of God’s judgment. The hypocrisy and immorality he saw in the Church leaders discouraged him. He exhausted himself studying, looking for answers. He wanted rest.

One of his spiritual mentors suggested that he focus solely on the life of Christ and spend his energies contemplating Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. This eventually led Luther to the lasting peace he sought.

When he put his burdens at the foot of the cross — giving them to Jesus — he was finally free.

Today, over 500 years later, Luther’s lasting peace can be yours. You just need to cast all your burden of sin at the foot of the cross.

When you do, Jesus will sustain you. He will never allow you to be moved.

Be open and honest with Jesus. He will listen attentively and He will provide a solution to your problems, soothe your pain, and give you lasting peace.

Prayer

Holy God, I cast the burden of my sins at the foot of the cross. I want rest in my Savior. Please let it be so. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Reflection

What burdens and sins am I holding on to? Why? I will let Jesus take them from me so I can be free to enjoy life and rest in Him.