Wolfgang Musculus (1497–1563) on trusting God as Creator

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“The knowledge that we all have the same creator and maker admonishes us not to harbor contempt for God’s work, whether in ourselves or in another, by asking ‘Why did he make it like this?’ Thus we read in Isaiah, ‘Woe to anyone who, like an earthen potsherd, argues with its maker. Shall the clay say to the potter, What are you making?’ And in Proverbs, ‘Whoever disregards the needy insults their maker.’ And so this faith, wherein we believe that we have been created by God, brings about these three things in our hearts: First, that with all our hearts we depend in all things upon God our creator. Second, that each of us be contented with our circumstances–indeed, that we embrace them with thanksgiving, given that God our creator has placed us in them. Third, that none of us view our neighbor’s circumstances with contempt, however vile and miserable they be, lest we thereby cast aspersions upon our common creator.”

– Wolfgang Musculus (1497–1563), Genesis 1-11: The Reformation Commentary on Scripture, p. 12

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