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mately connected with it, and viewed with peculiar advantage from it.
OUR GOD is the first of these objects : with Him we seldom form any close acquaintance till we meet him trouble. He commands silence now, that He may be heard ; and removes intervening objects, that He may be seen. A SOVEREIGN DISPOSER appears, who, as Lord of all, hath only resumed what he lent;whose will is the law of his creatures ; and who expressly declares his will in the present affliction. We should seriously consider that all allowed repugnance to the determinations of his government (however made known to us) is SIN ; and that every with to alter the appointments of his wisdom is FOLLY ;-we know not what we ask. When God difcovers himfelf in any matter, those who know him, will keep silence before him*.
Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him ?-How just was the reply; ' Behold I am vile !—what Shall I answer thee? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.'*
This filent submission under trying dispensations, is variousy exemplified as well as inculcated in the scriptures. An awful instance of sin and sorrow occurs in the family of Aaron : his sons disregarded a divine appointment, and there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them ; but Aaron held his peace.t-Eli, in similar circumstances, filenced his heart with this single but fufficient confideration, “ It is the Lord."1-David under a stroke which he declares consumed him, obferves, “ I was dumb, I opened not my mouth
because thou dids it."f—And Job, when stript of every comfort, blessed
# Job. xl. 2, 4.
+ Lev. x. 2, 3. I 1 Sam. iii. 18. & Pf. xxxix. 9.
the name of him who took away, as well as gave.* _ Whatever be the nature of your calamity, may it be attended with such an humble and childlike spirit these poffeffed !
But the Sovereign Disposer is also the COMPASSIONATE FATHER. — Among other instances of his tenderness, you may have observed the peculiar supports he affords under peculiar trials.-Let us mark, and acknowledge, the hand which mingles mercy with judgment, and alleviation with distress. The parents I have just mentioned lost their children under circumstances far more distressing than yours ;—The desire of your eyes (if not the idol of your heart) was, perhaps, almost a stranger ;--you ftrove hard to detain it, but He, who took the young children into his arms and bleted them, took yours; and, taking it, seemed
* Job i. 21,
to say, what I do thou knowejt not now, but thou shalt know hereafter ;*--patiently suffer this little one to come unto me, for of such is my kingdom t composed :~Verily I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father ! I-"If I take
away your child, I take it to myself" Is not this infinitely beyond any thing
you could do for it ?—Could you say "to it, if it had lived, thou shall weep
no more,-the days of thy mourning are ended ? G-Could you shew it any
thing in this world like the glory of “God, and of the Lamb ? ||--Could you " raise it to any honour here like re“ceiving a crown of life? I”
The voice of a Father of mercies and a God of all comfort** speaks as diftinctly in the death as in the birth of
* John xiii. 7.
+ Mat th. 14. Matth. xviii. 10. Isa. xxx. 19. || Rev. xxii.23.
James i. 12. ** 2 Cor. i. 3.
an infant. A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping; Rachel, weeping for her children, refused to be comforted, because they were not. Thus faith the Lord, refrain thy voice
from weeping and thine eyes from tears, for there is hope in thine end, faith the ' Lord, that thy children shall come * again to their own border.*- It is • not the will of your heavenly Father ' that one of these little ones should • perish.t'
Is it a pious friend that has just
his breath-The fame voice seems to say, 'turn from him, or rather turn from his clay,—his faded gar'ment, -He himself is taken from the ' evil to come ;-He is entered into 'peace. I
When the able Minister, the exem
* Jer. xv. 17. Matt. xviii. 14. Ifa. Ivii. 1, 2.