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acquiescence we are prepared for all events: Without it we cannot enjoy life in any circumstances, however eligible: Without it we must be wholly unprovided against misfortunes, distresses and danger: We muft be at the mercy of all who may wish and be able to in

And in what condition are we to appear before our Judge? The Lord is at hand. The thoughts and intents of our hearts are open to him. Let us then, according to the apostle's instruction, refer the term of our life, and all our purposes to him, without whose will nothing comes to pass.

To say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that, exprefseth a becoming sense of the infinite prefence and providence of God, and our own dependencema just confidence in his wifdom, power, goodness and faithfulness-a conviction of the transitory nature and insufficiency of things on earth-an holy fatisfaction that we, and whatever concerns us, are in the hands of God a willingness to live the time he hath appointed, and in whatsoever ftate he may appoint-a spirit of gratitude for his various gifts, and of refignation under any frowns of his providence.

Such a temper is the opposite to that which boasts of years to come-of great schemes to be executed, and great things to be enjoyed, in future years. It is the opposite allo to impatience; moft of all to that impatience with our lot which impels to suicide ; as tho? we had a right, by our own presumptuous act, to defert our post, to quit life without a call. It is oppofition to the will of God, whether men cut short their days by self-assault, by any excess, or by repining. He may justly demand of such, when they launch into eternity, How cameft thou here before thy time?the work given thee to do not finished nor begun? Life is the time which God hath given to serve his will in our generation, and to finish his work. This work, if not done while the day lafts, cannot be done at all : For no man can work when the night cometh.


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Shall we pursue our secular business with ardour ; but in regard to our main business be all the day idle ? There is a time for every good purpose. Every thing is beautiful in its season. The wise and the pious refer it to the God of their lives, whether they fhall do this or that, be it ever so juft in itself.

Take all prudent care of life and health. Provide for your own. Guard your rights by all reasonable

Do good to all as you have opportunity. Having, according to your means and ability, laid a foundation for safety, comfort and usefulness in time to come, should life be spared, hesitate not to leave it with God to do what seemeth him good. Whatever pur

form, be fure that it be no other than accords with his will. Presume not to resolve on less or more. When he giveth time and opportunity for any good purpose, defer not the performance. For you

know not what will be on the morrow. Another opportunity may not offer ; at least not a more convenient one than the present. You may not live. Or you may have no heart to improve a future feafon. may be in no capacity to do the good you would. Your own state, or the state of your dearest connections, or of others whom you might essentially serve, may depend upon your embracing the first opportunity to do a necessary and good work.

“ The willing mind is accepted, according to that “ a man hath.” If, however, you do not lack opportunity, and yet neglect it, God may deny you another space to get, enjoy, or do good. Past opportunities never return: Future ones may not be indulged you. Have the past been misimproved ? The only amends you can make is to lay hold of the present

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your might whatsoever your hand findeth to do. “Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: “ Hereby good shall come unto thee." Though

we may not boast of time to come, it behoves us to review time paft-paft (miles and frowns,

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and our behaviour under them-past advantages to be blessings to others and ourselves, to lay a good foundation against the time to come ; and the use we have made of these advantages. What have we done for God, for our generation, and for our own fouls? What have we left undone, which we ought to have done? Have we, and how far, minded or neglected our own business? Hath our youth, our manhood, or our decline been regulated by our Lord's injunction, Go, work to-day in my vineyard? Hath past experience of the world taught us its emptinefs? the vanity of human wishes ? of all pursuits which do not centre and terminate in God?

Ye who have chosen him for your portion, who make it your supreme care to know, obey and submit to his will, labour after a more entire resignation, and more constant attention to his footsteps. It is the fum of piety to govern ourselves by his direction—to have no separate will. The trial of this fpirit is when our own wishes are denied, and our hopes disappointed. He is the proper Judge what is fit and best-by what means our chief good will be secured. He hath kept the times and seasons in his own power. His time is always the fitteft. He seeth the end from the beginning. One day and a thousand years are alike to him. We are of yesterday, and know nothing. Events, which God meaneth. for the good of his servants, may, in their own view, be against them. Hard as fubmifsion may be, it is owing to human imperfection that it is fo. The end of the Lord in trying their faith and patience is not duly considered. Any want of submis. sion, any impatience, is unreasonable and unthankful, harder to bear than the outward evil. Every wish to choose for ourselves is rebellion; as is every complaint. Lay your hand upon your heart, and be humbled in the fight of God for every thing of this kind. “ Be “ watchful, and strengthen the things which are ready 6 to day." Remember your declensions, and repent.

Pray for this fpirit more and more : “Not as we will, “ but as thou wilt.” Keep in mind the Saviour's example and counsel ; “ My meat is to do the will of “ him who sent me. Yet a little while have ye the “ light with you: Walk while ye have the light.” Thus will

you be ready to say, when the hour of your departure is at hand, Come, Lord Jesus.

Are there not numbers present who have never realized so obvious a truth as that before us, Your life is a vapour ? a scene of disappointment, labour and forrow. If past days, and years, and the history of the world have shewn that changes, grief and perplexity are inseparable from the condition of man, you have no reason to suppose that there will be an alteration for the better, until the period fixed in prophecy, the times of the restitution of all things. With all that earth can give, man faith not, It is enough. Shall he oppose the will of God, whose favour is better than life? Shall he assume to be independent ? In his fulness, shall he deny the Being who giveth him richly all things to enjoy? If poor, shall he fret against God, and envy others their possessions ? If sorrowful, shall he indulge to that sorrow which worketh death? If joyful, shall he say, To-morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant ?

Would to God that all who have lived, forgetful of him, all who have been indifferent to the work he hath given them to do, all murmurers, all who disquiet themselves in vain, might think soberly. He may require their soul this night. In what preparation are they to appear before him? To those who say, To-day, or to-morrow, or the next year, we will get gain, or promotion, or take our ease, or acquire fame, what would be the advantage of many years to come? Continuing in their present temper, they will but treasure up to themselyes wrath. What is your life? Be sober, and watch unto prayer. In vain will

In vain will you ask, Who will shew us any good? Rather learn to say, The will of the Lord be done. Until this shall be your heart's desire and prayer, you will be far from your desired rest.

By the removal of our acquaintance, neighbours and kindred, with the attendant circumstances, we are constantly reminded of such truths as the following: The progress of time—the vanity of human hopes the folly and danger of depending on future years-the high importance of an habitual sense of our own insufficiency, and of making God in Christ our hope-the wisdom of governing ourselves by the will of God in all relations and circumstances, waiting for our great change. If pain and sickness, disappointment and forrow, whether our own or of others, have not taught us disengagement from the world, we have lived to little purpose. In vain are we afflicted in the distress or removal of those who are most dear to us on earth, if we do not forrow after a godly

forta-do not bring forth fruit meet for repentance. The way of peace is to have no will of our own-to seek first the kingdom of God to wait on him, hope in his word, acquiesce and rejoice in his government, whatever may befal us. Have any present lived hitherto to the lusts of men? May the time past of their lives suffice them to have thus lived. May they live the rest of their time to the will of God. The time is fort. The Lord is at hand. We are not our own. Whether therefore we live or die, it highly concerns us to live and die to the Lord. We are Arangers and sojourners on earth, as all our fathers were. Lord, make us to know how frail we are to remember how short our time is. Teach us all, old and young, high and low, rich and poor, so to number our days as to apply our hearts unto wisdom.

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