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for a small purtion of the world? How prodigal of treagth aod life for it? They will run to the ends of the earth, engage in a thouland dangers, upon the hopes and probability of getting a small.eltate. Permare, per terras, per mille pericul.a cusrulit, Hapes of gain make them willing to adventure their liberty, yea, their life, and encourage them to endure heat, cold, and hunger, and a thousand Itraits and difficulties, to which chey are frequentiy exposed,
APPLICATION. How hot and eager are mens, affections after the world ! and how remjls aad cald towards things eternal! they are careful, and troubled about many things; but seldom wiad the great and gecesary matter, Luke x. 40. They can rise early, go (o bed late, and eat the bread of carefulpels; but when did they, fodeny themselves for their poor souls? Their heads are full of designs and projects to get, or advagce an estate : “ We will go “ into such a city, continue there a year, and buy and sell, and
get gaia,”. James in. ' 3. This is the tó spyor, the master-defign, which eagrofleth all their time, ftudies, and contrivances. The will hath past a decree for it, the heart and affections are fully let out to it, They will be rich, 1 Tim, vi. 9 This decree of the will, the Spirit of God tkes deep notice of; and in deed it is the clearest, and tallest discovery of a man's portion and condition : for look what is highest in the eltimation, first and last in the thoughts, aad upon which we lpend our time and Itrength with delight ; certainly, that is our treasure, Matth. vi. 20, 210
The heads and hearts of saints are full of folicitous cares and fears about their spiritual condition; the great design they drive on, to which all other things are buc [itepeegel, things on the by, is to make sure their calling and clection. This is the (pondusthe weight and bias of their spirit; if Vol. VI.
their hearts stray and wander after any other thing, this reduces them again.
REFLECTION. Lord, this hath been my manner from my youth, may the caroal minded man fay; I have been labouring for the meat that perisheth; disquieting myself in vain, full of delgas and projects for the world, and upwearied io my endeavours to compass an earthly treasure ; yet therein I have either been checked and disappointed by Providence, or if I have obtained, yet I am so sooner come to enjoy that content and comfort I promifed nyfelf in it, but I am ready to leave it all, to be stript out of it by death, and in that day all my thoughts perish : But, in the mean time, what have I done for my soul? When did I ever break a night's sleep; or deny and pinch myself for it? Ah! fool, that I am! to nourish and pamper a vile body, which mult shortly lie under the clods, and become a loathsome carcafe ; and, in the mean time, Deglect and indo my poor foul, which partakes of the Dature of angels, and must live for ever. I have kept others vineyards, but mine own vineyard I have not kept? I have been a perpetual drudge and Nave to the world; in a worse condition hath my soul been, than others that are condemned to the mines. Lord, change my treasure, and change my heart : O let it fuffice that I have been thus long labouring on the fire, for very vanity: now gather up my heart and affections in thyself, and let my great design now be, to secure a fpecial interest in thy blessed felf, that I may once fay, “To me to live is Christ.”
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With crown, and royal sceptres,, we behold.
And dig their ore. Ah! many souls, I fear,
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4 merable, both fmall and great beasts," Psal. civ., 25. and we read, Gen. i. 20. that when God blefsed the waters, he said, " Let the waters bring forth abundantly, both fish and fowl, that “ move in it, fly about it.” Yet all those woltitudes of fish and fowl, both in sea and land, are cared and provided for... Pfal. cxlv, 15, 16, “ Thou givest them their meat in due sea". fon : thou openest thy haod, and satisfieft the desire of every living thing.”
APPLICATION. If God take care for the fishes of the sea, aod the fowls of the air, much more will be care and provide for those that fear him.
" When the poor and needy lecketh water, and there, " is aone, and their tongue faileth for thirst ; I, the Lord, will “ hear them ; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them,
17. • Take no thought for your life, (saith the Lord) shall
shall driok; or for the body, ye
shall put on :" Which he backs with an argument from God's providence over the creatures, and enforceth it with a [much rather] upon them, Matth. vi. 25, 31. God would have his people be without carefulness, (i.c.) aoxious care, 1 Cor. vii. 32.
" And to call their care upon him, for he “ careth for them,” i Pet. v. 7. There are two main argu, ments suggested in the gospel, to quiet and satisfy the hearts of saints in this particular : the one is, that the gift of Jesus Christ amounts to more than all thele things come to; yea, in beltowing him, he has given that which virtually and eminently comprehends all these ioferior mercies in it, Rom. viii. 32. “ He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him, up
for sit us all; how shall he not with him freely give us all things ?"
what ye " what
eat, or what
And 1 Cor. iii. 22. “ All things are yours, aod ye are Chrift's, " and Christ is God's." Apother argument is, that God gives these temporal things to täose he never gave his Christ unto, and therefore there is no great matter in them'; yea, to thole which, iu a little while, are to be thirolt into frell, Pfalim xvii 14. Now if God clothe and feed' his enemies, if (to allude to that, Luke xii. 28.) be clothe the grass, which to-day is in its pride and glory io the field, and co-orrow is cast into the oven, into hell : how much more will he clothe aod provide for you that are faints :
This God, that feeds all the creatures, is your father, and a Father that never dies; aod therefore you shall not be as expofed orphans, that are the children of fuch a Father. .66 For he “ hath faid, I will never love you, por forsake you," Heb.
I have read of a good woman, that ja all wants and diftreffes was wont to encourage herself with that word, 2 San. xxii. 47. The Lord liveth. But one time, being in a deep dis Stress, and forgetting that confolation, one of her little children came to her, and said, '* Mother, why weep ye fo? What is
God dead now? Which words, front a child, Thamed her out of her unbelieving fears, and quickly brought her fpirits to rest. O faint, whilft God lives, thou capit not want what is good for thee.
How sweet a life might Chriltiads live, could they bot bring their hearts to a füll subjection to the dilpofing will of God? to be cootent not only with what he commands and approves, boo also with what he allots and appoints: It was a fwcet repiy, that a gracious woman once made upon her death-bed, to a friend that asked, " Whether the were more williog to live, or • die? She answered, I am pleased with what God pleatesh."
Yca, (faid her friend), bat if God should refer it to you, which • would you chuse?" Truly, (faid Me) if God would refer it
to me, I would refer it to him again.' Ah! bleffed life, when the will is fwallowed up in the will of God, and the heart at rest in his care aod love, aod plealed with all his appoiola meots.
REFLECTION. I remember my fault this day; mag mady a gracious foul fay. Ah ! how faithleis and distruttrul have I been, notwithstanding the great security God hath given to my faith, both in his word and works! O my soul, thou haft greatly finocd there. in, and dishonoured thy Father! I have been worfe to my fa ther, than any children are to me. They trouble por their thoughts with what they shall eat or drink, or put on, but
trust to my care and provifion for that ; yet I cannot trust my Father, though I have ten thousand times more reason fo to do, than they have to truit me, Marth. vii. 21. Surely, volefs were jealous of my Father's affection, I could not be to dubious of his provision for me. Ah! I thould rather wonder that I have so much, than repide that I have no more. I should rather have been troubled that I have done no more for God, than that'I have received no more from God. I have not pro. claimed it to the world by my conversation, that I have found a sufficieocy in him alone, as the Laits have done, Hab. iii. 17, 18. How have I debused the faithfulnels and all fufficiedcy of God, and inagnified there carrhly triflesby my anxiety about them? Had I had more faith, a light purle would not have made fuch an heavy heart. Lord, how often halt thou convinced me of this folly, and put me to the bluin, wben thou halt confuted my upbelief! so that I have relolved never to diftrust thee more, and, yet now exigencies renew this corruption. How contradictory also hath my.hcart and my prayers been ?. I pray for them conditionally, and with fubmission to thy will; I dare zot say to chee, I muft have them ; yet this hath been the laa. guage of my heart and life. O convince me of this folly! .
The POEM. V Ariety of curious fifh are caught
Out of the sea, and to our tables brought ;
. what his hand to them doth bring,