October 31 is remembered most for being Halloween and the day where the Catholic Church received their most unforgettable trick-or-treat. A lowly Augustinian monk, Martin Luther, sneakily hung “The 95 Theses” on the door of the Wittenberg Castle church, hoping to incite some good-natured academic discussion on the Church’s shameless approval of the practice of indulgences.
Yet Christ has tolerated His wanton bride long enough, and the Church was overdue for reform. Luther’s innocent and accidental spark was fanned to a bonfire when the 95 Theses were quickly translated and distributed throughout Germany and then made their way to Rome. This meek monk was called before assemblies, commissions, Cardinals and the Pope, to which in time, he stood his ground defiantly, “Here I stand”, and under God’s purpose, became the first of many to usher in the reformation.
This month, we remembered many of our biblical truths - Scripture as the divine and absolute authority in our lives (Scripture Alone), Grace as the free gift of salvation given by God (Grace Alone) through Faith (Faith Alone) because of the work and person of Christ (Christ Alone) for the purpose of His glory (To the Glory of God Alone).
But let us also remember that God loves to use the “accidents” in our lives to bring about his purposes. There is a quote that says, “In the sentence of life, the devil may be a comma, but never let him be a period.” As a “comma” that invites a pause, a short delay, the devil may cause “accidents” and “delays” in our lives, but being neither the Alpha nor the Omega, our lives do not begin or end with him. Rather, just as how we understood that the Reformation that began over 500 years ago was a result of an “accident” - Luther’s accidental spark that change the course of Protestant theology, we should also see God’s divine fingerprints at work in our lives.
So let us not fear the “accidents”, but look for His hand, and trust that God knows what He is doing. As Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) reminds us, He has it all planned out, that despite the “comma” causing “delays” and “accidents” in our lives, we will not be harmed and God will take care of us, to give us the future we hope for. Period.