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and what further one
ther streams of it may flow before it be put up in its Theathic
th, God only knows. The evil arrow of fainine (as God call
God calls it, Ezek. v. 16.) is let fly against us at the same time and the Gami
This time, and the famine is the arrow which is the foreit of the three. When it was put to David's choice, which of the three he would be the butt of, he
des chuse famine. The prophet Joel doth be
'ceprecate this judgment in the most pathetic manner, and calls the whole land to fasting and prayer, for removing it. Toeli 10.
oreft, as in Deut. xxxii. 23, 24. “ I will spend mine ar fows upon them, they Mall be burnt with hunger.” And we fee
And we see what the Spirit of God faith of those no one by this arrow, Lam. iv. 0. « They that be
with the sword, are better than they that be slain with hunger; for these pine away; stricker through for want of the fruits of the field;" and therefore their
this most lingering and miserable. Likewise, famine
n to bring on the most nauseous and mortal diseases, ang Frequently the pestilence doth follow upon the back of lamine. Is it not then high time for our land to take
e alarm, when God begins to shoot his evil arrows ? when the lion roars, it becometh us to fear; yea, to humble ourselves in the dust, and mourn for our iniquities, which kindle the fire of wrath.
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord, from whom we have deeply revolted : and, particularly, let us mourn for; and turn from, those fins which the word of God points out as bringing on famind; such as, 1. Ascribing our earthly comforts and bleflings to other things than God the true author. This lin we find threatened with scarcity and famine, Jer. xliv. 17. 26, 27. Hof. ii. 5.9-2. 'Perverting of plenty to luxury and prodigality, sensuality and excess, revellings and dancings, balls and affemblies. We see how these are threatened, Ifa. v. 11, 12, 13. Amos vi. 4, 6, 7 -3. Rejecting the bread of life, and despising the food of our souls. God used to punish men fur their fins, by depriving them of bread for their bodies, Jer. xi. 21, 22 4. Men minding their own things
more than the things of God; and negleding to build his house, and put respect upon his ordinances. Upon such account God brings on scarcity and famine, Hag. i. 9, 10, 11,-5. Covenant-breaking, and dealing cruelly with the poor, or with strangers that live among us : It was for these fins that God sent a three years famine upon the land of Israel, 2 Sam. xxi, 1.
Moreover, let us look upon all these temporal storms and calamities which are come or coming upon the land, as warnings to prepare for a more awful storm that we must all meet with; namely, the storm of death and judgment ; let us stand habitually prepared for that storm, and then other storms will not so much affect us. If it be asked, What we shall do to be safe in time of that trying storm ? the answer is, Let us see that we be among the broken in heart, or the sincere penitents, who are heartily grieved for all known fin : That we be true believers in Christ, who trust in nothing but his righteousness and merits, for justification and salvation : That we be born again, and made new creatures by a saving change both in heart and life: That it be our great business to clear up our evidences of peace with God through Christ, and of our title to the mansions which he hath purchased by his blood. O that God's judgments, when they are on the earth, were means to awaken us to flee from the wrath to come, to Christ our refuge! when the floods of great waters are swelling up to the brim, our only safety is to secure a hiding place in Christ's wounds. . Let us follow the example of Noah, who, when he saw the flood coming, took warning, and prepared an ark for saving himself and his houshold, 'Heb. xi. 7. Let us even imitate the Egyptians that feared the Lord; they, when warned of the dreadful storm of hail that was coming on the land, made their servants and cattle to flee into the houses, Exod. ix. 20. God hath in mercy, provided chambers for his people to hide themselves in, when storms are coming, even the chambers of his attributes and promises, and the chambers of Christ's wounds and intercession; in these only we can find safety ; let us enter into them by faith, when he invites us, Isa. xxvi. 20, 21.
Seeing in these evil days we have so many harbingers and fore runners of death before our eyes, it will be highly our wisdom to keep ourselves still in a waiting posture always ready and willing to die. What is there in this weary land to tempt us to desire to abide in it ? Is it not a land overwhelmed with sin and sorrow? O believers, are you toffed with tempests here? Seek the wings of a dove, that you may fly away and be at rest. De habitually defiring to depart, that you may be with Christ. Surely for you to die is gain, yea, infinite gain! What are the imaginary pleasures of this world to the real happiness of the next ? tho' the itruggles of death be grievous to nature, yet the gains of dying should reconcile you to it. You do not stick at the trouble of putting off your cloaths at night, to gain a little rest to your bodies; and why should you stick at uncloathing yourselves of the garments of flesh at God's call, to gain everlasting rest to your souls, and the fruition of Christ's glorious presence for ever? Let the thoughts of this gain put you upon using all means to get your hearts weaned from the love of the world and its comforts. Keep the mantle of earthly enjoyments hanging loose about you, especially in these calamitous times, that so it may be easily dropt when death comes to carsy you to the eternal world., O for more of the lively faith of that world, and of him that is the Lord and purchaser of it! But seeing this subject is more largely insisted on in the book itself, I all add no more here upon it; only I shall subjoin a collection of some sweet and comfortable texts of scripture, very proper for dying believers, to meditate and feed on by faith, to grip to and plead with God, and fuck consolation from, when they have a near prospect of going through the dark valley, and entering into the unknown regions of eternity. God's word will then be our hope.
For Dying Believers.
MOME unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy c laden, and I will give you rest, Mat. xi. 28. Him that cometh to me I will in nowise cast out, John vi. 37.
In my Father's house are many manlions; if it were not so, I would have told you : I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am, there ye may be also, John xiv. 2, 3.
Because I live, ye shall live also, John xiv. 19.
Christ faith, Surely I come quickly. Ans. Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus, Rev. xxii. 20.
There remaineth a rest to the people of God, Heb. iv. 9.
Í haye waited for thy salyation, O Lord, Gen. xlix. 18.
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Luke ii, 29, 30.
He is the Rock, and luis work is perfect, Deut.xxxii: 4.
The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me, Pfal. cxxxviii. 8.
Being confident that he which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jes fus Chrift, Phil. i. 6. i. · I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though, after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh Thall I see God; whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another ; though my reins be consumed within me, Job xix. 25, 26, 27 ,
Although my house is not so with God, yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all
things and sure. For this is all my salvation and all my desire, 2 Sam. xxiii. 5.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me, Psal. xxii. 4.
Into thine hand I commit my Spirit : thou hast Ice deemed me, O Lord God of Truth, Pfal. xxxi. s.
For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even unto death, Pfal. xlviii. 14.
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory, Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee. My flesh and my heart faileth ; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever, Pfal. lxxii. 24, 25, 26.,
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise, Pfal. li. 17,
O that I had wings like a dove ! for then would I fly away and be at rest. I would hasten my escape from the windy forms and tempest, Pfal. lx. 6, 8.
Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold, Pfal. Ixviii. 13.
The blood of Jesus Chrift his Son cleanseth us from all (in, 1 John i. 7.
Having boldness to enter into the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, Heb x. 19.
He hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, to-day, and forever, Heb. xiii. 5, 8.
He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he des lighteth in mercy, Micah vii. 18.
Though he flay me, yet will I trust in him, Job xiïi. 15.
Blessed are all they that put their trust in him, Pfal. ii. 12.
He knoweth our frame, he remembereth that we are dust, Psal. ciii. 14. I lothe it, I would not live alway, Job vii. 16.