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Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass.” His encouraging assurance appears to harmonize with that given, in still more explicit language, by our blessed Redeemer :“ Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” And will not these secondary and superadded gifts be enjoyed with greater delight, from the very consideration of our having desired them, only in submission to the will of God, and of having received them as the expression of his paternal love!
Let me now conclude by reminding you, that the subject which has thus engaged our attention, should direct our views, beyond the scenes of this
present world to a future and eternal state. What is Heaven, but the world where the inhabitants must be happy, because their well-regulated desires no sooner arise in the mind than they meet their entire and appropriate gratification! And what is Hell, but the world where the inhabitants must be wretched, because theirs is the torment of restless and unsatisfied desire ! Their unquenchable thirst for happiness finds no relief; and “that ravenous appetite, which would be preying upon external objects that now fail, turns inward, and as an insatiable vulture, gnaws everlastingly the wretched soul itself.” From that tremendous anguish may the God of salvation deliver us! If this be, in
truth, your own most earnest desire, and you have not yet fled for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before you in the gospel, lose not one single moment; but flee from the wrath to come, and, by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,“ lay hold on eternal life.”
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE THOUGHTS.
How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within
thee ? Jer. 4. 14.
- When this pointed interrogation was addressed to Jerusalem and to Judah, their Chaldean invaders were about to 'spread desolation over the land, as the i punishment decreed by God for ini
quities which they were still unwilling to abandon. The rapid approach of Nebuchadnezzar, and his devasting army, is represented as combining the
fierceness of the lion, and the swiftness of the eagle, with the resistless force of the whirlwind, when suddenly the heavens are overspread with darkening and portentous clouds. “The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place, to make this land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste. without an inhabitant.-Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind : his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us, for we are spoiled !” One way of deliverance and only one, yet remained within the limits of possibility. That way might have been opened by true repentance and unfeigned contrition, by the aban