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of temporal calamities, is included in the tenor of that everlasting covenant, which is well ordered in all things and sure. Does the world then frown on you; are you afflicted with poverty, sickness, pain, and reproach? Do relations grieve you? Do friends prove unfaithful, or are you bereaved of them by death ? Neglect not so fair an opportunity of instruction, when you have experience itself to disgrace the pretensions of the world, and your very flesh is made to feel that it is both vain and vexatious. Remember that God has sent these rough messengers to bring you home to himself. Gratefully, then, comply with his call, and chuse him for

your portion, leaving the world to those who have no better sources of satisfaction.

4thly, Look forward to eternity, and take a serious view of that world, wherein


must dwell for ever, after you have spent a few more days and nights in this. Remember that heaven or hell must be

your everlasting abode; and mult it not be of the last importance to know which of these different states shall be your lot ? Can that man spend his time and strength in the purluit of trifles,


who believes and who considers that he is hastening to appear before God in judgment, when his final state shall be allotted according to his present behaviour ? Must not the forefight of this awful trial difengage his mind from the world, and cure his anxiety about earthly things, by producing in him an anxiety about matters of infinitely greater consequence.


moderation be known unto all men (saith the Apostle) THE LORD IS

AT HAND.” A more powerful argument could not be used. An habitual impression of this awful truth, that the Lord is at hand, that he standeth before the door, would effe&ually cure our feverish desires after earthly things, and awaken us to a deep concern about the interests of our precious and immortal fouls.

Finally, let us be wise in time, and give the supreme affections of our hearts to God, who alone is worthy of them ; imploring, for this purpose, the aid of his Holy Spirit, to enable us to comply with his own gracious cxpoftulation, Isaiah, lv, 2. " Wherefore do

ye spend money for that which is not bread, 56 and your labour for that which satisfieth


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“ not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat
ye that which is good, and let


soul delight itself in fatness. Incline

your ear, and come unto me, hear, and your souls shall live, and I will make with you an ever

lasting covenant, even the sure mercies of " David." Amen.

E I N I S.

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