Volume 4 of The Annotated Luther series features Luther’s writings on prayer and his more personal insights on human suffering, the Christian life, and death. Faith prepares and gives hope to the followers of Christ who face adversity. This will be heard in selected letters, sermons, hymns, and his popular Small Catechism.
“Others sin on the right hand. They are much too rash and reckless, tempting God and disregarding everything which might counteract death and the plague. They disdain the use of medicines; they do not avoid places and persons infected by the plague, but instead lightheartedly make sport of it and wish to prove how independent they are. They say that it is God’s punishment; if he wants to protect them he can do so without medicines or our carefulness. This is not trusting God, but rather tempting him. God has created medicines and provided us with intelligence to guard and take good care of the body so that we can live in good health.” (Page 403)
“For this also is the way of the devil; he removes the word far from one’s eyes, so that one sees nothing but the present difficulty, just as he is doing with us now.” (Page 73)
“ Godliness is nothing else but service to God. Service to God is indeed service to our neighbor” (Page 400)
“In all matters related to the plague, love of neighbor was the guiding principle” (Page 388)
“ For where human strength begins, God’s strength ends” (Page 363)