Posted on January 18th, 2013
Luther on Rachel’s trial of envy regarding her sister Leah’s fertility (Gen. 30:1):
He who is tried by doubt experiences an ineffable sighing by which he wishes that he were not troubled by doubt. Yet he feels that doubt has greater power and makes him captive to the law of sin and unbelief (cf. Rom. 7:23). But in opposition to this sighing a secret sighing is aroused through the Holy Spirit—a sighing which, on the other hand, murmurs against it, contradicts it, is angry with unbelief, and says: “Shame on you, wretched unbelief! Do not say: ‘Who knows? It is a lie, etc.’ ” This takes place with a small sigh and an ineffable sobbing which sustains the tried heart, lest it become wicked and despise God. This is what the Epicureans are wont to do; in every trial, no matter how light it is, they bid a long farewell to faith and hope.