I love Walther! He hits the nail on the head so clearly and sweetly. Today’s devotion from “God Grant It” struck me as particularly applicable to the daily struggle of the Christian’s life. Here is just an excerpt:
“. . . Our text advises us to ‘put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil’ (Ephesians 6:11). The evil spirits employ exceedingly cunning attacks against us. Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. If he wants to cast us down into error, he presents this error as truth and distorts God’s Word in an effort to support his claim. If he wants to cast us down into sin, he presents the sin as a virtue or as something permissible, innocent and unimportant, If he wants to persuade us to fall away from God, he tries to convince us, as he did Adam, that this is a way for us to draw closer to God and become more like God.
When we think we are furthest from Satan – for example, when we are praying, reading or hearing God’s Word, or when we are in the midst of upright Christians – there Satan is next to us, seeking to remove the seed of the Word from our hear and to annihilate the blessing of the communion. He does not attack us where we are strong, but here we are weak. Wherever he finds and opening in the wall of our heart, there he comes in.”
God Grant It, Daily Devotions from C.F.W. Walther, translated by Gerhard P. Grabenhofer, Compiled by August Crull, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO, 2006, pp. 829-830.