This year is the 500 anniversary of the reformation. Particularly we remember Martin Luther’s great bold stand in 1517 nailing the 95 theses to the wall of Nuremburg. Rightly so, because this was a very important event – but what followed and surrounded this event made reformation possible.
Let us consider several powerful examples comes from the Bible:
- the reformer King Hezekiah. Hezekiah carried out reforms to destroy false worship and returned the people back to obeying God’s Word.
- When the repentant king of (a heathen king of a heathen nation) Nineveh called the nation to fasting, prayer, and humility before God.
- Nehemiah a governor, had the city gates closed against vendors on the Sabbath and drove away those which traded along the wall.
What was needful for the Reformation is that God placed Frederick II of Ernestine Saxony, commonly known as Frederick the Wise in power at the time of Luther’s troubles. He stayed the hand of Rome by protecting him from assassination and provided a place for the reformation to flourish. This is the difference of why John Hus (an reformer which pre-dated Luther by a hundred years) was martyred and why Martin Luther succeeded.
So on this 500th anniversary, please join me in praying that God would raise up bold Godly preachers but also Godly government leaders which will fear God more than man - and protect and advance the true religion in our day.