preme security, and we obtain it for ourselves by the merits of our piety. Why do we need to ask about superfluous things? If you are displeased that they are not to our advantage, be pleased that they are not to our disadvantage. Though they are not necessary for our house, they nonetheless complete the integrity of this universe which is much greater and much better than our house. For God governs this universe much better than each of us governs his own house. Hence, make use of what is useful, watch out for what is harmful, leave what is superfluous. When you see measures, numbers, and order in all things, seek their maker. You will not find him except where there is the supreme measure, the supreme number, and the supreme order, that is, in God, of whom it has most truly been said that he disposed all things in measure, number, and weight. 81. In this way you will perhaps gather richer fruit when you praise God in the lowliness of a fly than when you cross the river on the height of some beast.
How Man Is Understood, According to Verse Twenty-Six, to Have
Been Made to God's Image
27. "And God said, 'Let us make man to our image and likeness, and let him have power over the fish of the sea and the birds of heaven, and all cattle and wild beasts, and all the earth and all reptiles that creep upon the earth,' " 82. and the rest, up to the evening and the morning by which the sixth day is completed. It is this question above all that the Manichees raise with their endless chatter, and they taunt us for believing that man was made to the image and likeness of God. 83. They look at the shape of our body and ask so infeli‐____________________