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in this world, and of all their portable as the flames of a fiery flattering prospects, and sensibly furnace ? feel that they are all utterly Hence therefore it may be gone for ever-if hatred, malice seen, that although the scripand wrath, envy and revenge, tures teach, that the time when and all the tormenting passions God will render to the wicked and insatiable desires of wicked indignation and wrath, tribulahearts, prevail, and rage and tion and anguish, is the day of reign in them without restraint judgment-that then is the

if they sensibly feel that their time when they will be cast into hearts are fixed in opposition the lake of fire ; yet they have and enmity against God, and no grounds from the word of that he is and will continue op- God, to flatter themselves with posed to them, and have, at the the hope of a short respite same time, such a view and from pain and torment, after overwhelming sense of his al-death, before that dreadful day mighty power, and great and arrives ; but quite the reverse. terrible majesty, and insupport. Of consequence, the things able wrath, as cannot well be which have been illustrated conceived of by men in the from the scriptures of truth, present state if they are con- whilst they are adapted to comscious that they deserve the fort and rejoice the hearts of hatred and everlasting contempt the faithful, are also well suited of God, and of all intelligent to warn the wicked of their creatures_if they feel that they danger, and to admonish them are in his hands, and cannot to flee without delay for refuge, possibly hide from his sight, or to lay hold on the hope which is get out of his reach, and have yet before them, but, if longer not a single friend in the uni- neglected, may soon be hidden verse to have compassion on from their eyes. them, or to afford them the least relief-if they have a view of the saints in happiness and glory, and a thorough conviction Thoughts on the Divine Governthat the day of judgment will

ment. come, and that they shall then be arraigned before the supreme

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(Continued from p. 405.) geance, and sentenced to everJasting fire, prepared for the TARROW and contracted devil and his angels-that the views are not suited for wrath of the Almighty will then the contemplation of great and be poured forth upon them in sublime subjects. Of course; the most sensible manner, and how very imperfeet and inade. are in total despair of escaping or quate must be all our concepfinding any manner of relief to tions of an infinite Being, and of all eternity ; will not these and that government which is the such-like things naturally and fruit of his perfections? It is necessarily fill them with pain impossible for us to judge aright and torment unutterable-with of the conduct of Him who is distress and anguish as insup- I wonderful in counsel, and excel

lent in working, unless we ex- things in the natural world, and tend our views to the great and have we any reason to conclude stupendous plan of his Provi- that his agency is less concerned dence, which every act of his go- or these beauties less displayed vernment is, in some way or in the moral world ? Shall we other, accomplishing ; and con- suppose that He acts in every sidering each part, that comes particular, with the most perfect under observation, as being in design in the one, and without some way connected with, and any in the other ? Certainly not. subservient to the great whole. The instruction of the sacred It is true, we are utterly inade- passage we have taken for our quate to a comprehensive view ; guide, forbids us to indulge ån but we are able, according to idea, so irrational, so unworthy our capacities, to judge upon the the glorious supremacy of the universal scale. For this pur- | most high God. “ Righteous · pose, God hath given us many | ness and judgment are the habismaller representations, propor- tation of his throne." This is tioned to our limited powers- highly figurative, yet strikingly resemblances in miniature of expressive. It most strongly the infinite original, to assist us denotes, not only the moral exin extending our views. And cellency, but the permanency where sight fails, and nature and immutability of the divine faints, faith may flourish and de- government. An habitation exvotion say, “Oh, the depth of presses the idea of a stated and the riches, both of the wisdom permanent residence, or an abiand knowledge of God how ting place. Here then the great unsearchable are his judgments, inhabiter of eternity, hath fixed and his ways past finding out !his everlasting abode. RightClouds and darkness are round eousness and judgment are his about him ; righteousness and habitation which he will never judgment are the habitation of forsake. These are the pillars his throne.”

which support his throne. These We have, it is true, but a ve- are the principles, which invariry imperfect view of the myste- ably direct every measure of ries of Divine Providence, in the his government. His kingdom production of the great eternal is glorious, and ruleth over all. plan of God, in which every The sceptre of his kingdom is å creature has his part to act ; sceptre of righteousness, and his and to which every part does in throne is for ever and ever. some way conduce. « Clouds All this implies that every and darkness are round about event is designed and ordered in him." It is, as it were, a wheel | Providence, by infinite wisdom within a wheel-infinite regular- and goodness, and is calculated ity, order, and design, in the to promote a great and glorious midst of the utmost apparent end, whether we are capable or confusion. We see but a very not, of discerning their actual small part of the great whole tendency and design. Maný, but we see sufficient to believe doubtless, have observed, or the rest. We see wisdom, or- might have observed some parder and design in the works of ticular providence, or chain of creation, and the connection of providences, appearing in a

short issue of things, most look at the shades in the pic. wisely and graciously designed, ture, and call them blemishes. which at the first seemed mys- They think that God did neiteriously confused, and inexpli- ther make nor design them be. cably dark. And why may not cause they are black. But rethis lead us to believe the same move the shades and both the of those parts of the moral sys- | beauty and the picture itself is tem, which are not yet unfolded destroyed. There is no more and explained to us? Why have evil in the system than what is ab: we not equally just ground to solutely necessary to the greatest believe that all is the operation general good. Vary any part of of one uniform plan, and that the Divine government, you esthe same divine wisdom is exer- sentially injure and ruin the cised throughout the whole and whole; and the great end of every part ?

infinite wisdom and goodness Let an ignorant man view the would be for ever defeated.disjointed materials of a large Without doubt it is the design building, when under the fram- of God to glorify himself, by ing hand of the carpenter, and producing the highest happiness it will all appear to him, like la- in his system ; and the plan He bor to no purpose. He recog- / hath adopted, is of all possible, nizes neither form nor beauty in or conceivable plans, the wisest it. He sees not perhaps the de- and best ; and the only one cal: sign or use of one piece of tim-culated to effect this important ber. All to him, is one confu- end. We may, therefore, rest sed, jumbled mass. But the ar- / assured, that almighty power tificer knows his plan, and stea- | will effect the end, which infinite dily goes forward with his work. goodness designs, by the means Every part is wisely framed) which infinite wisdom hath de: and fitted ; and when they are vised. joined and the building erected! Should we attempt a further and completed, the design will illustration of the subject, by appear through the whole ; and adducing scripture examples ; perhaps, the greatest wisdom a memorable one readily occurs and beauty of architecture be in the history of Joseph. This displayed. Thus it is with man- | is, at once, the most entertaining kind, in judging of the moral and instructive. What consumo beauty of the government of mate wisdom is discovered m God. Clouds and darkness are bringing good out of evil, and round about him-of conse- light out of darkness ! All the quence what they do not see, / scenes appear to be predetero they are unwilling to believe. mined by God, and the operas They consider not, that “ right-tion of his eternal plan. For eousness and judgment are the effecting this, it was necessary; habitation of his throne." They that Joseph's brethren shoutą, see not the connection and de-hate and persecute him, and sign of its several parts, and send him into Egypt--that no thence censure its wisdom, by I should be sold to Potiphar. distrusting the divine goodness, cast into prison. These mici or murmuring under the cor- dents, together with those relas rections of Proyidence. They Iting to the Butler and Baker

his introduction to Pharaoh- despondency, upon the applicathe interpretation of his dreams, tion of his sons to take Benjamin and his consequent advance with them into Egypt. « Me ment to the government of E-have ye bereaved of my chilgypt, are but so many links in dren-Joseph is not, and Simethe chain, so many successive on is not, and ye will take. Bensteps, in the conduct of Divine jamin away--all these things Providence, towards the accom-are against me." Afflicted man! plishment of the end in view. distrusting the wisdom and They were all planned and di- goodness of his God, and thro' rected by infinite wisdom, and the weakness of the flesh, formissued exactly according to ing the most desperate concluGod's eternal design. Here we sion, All these things are against may see, as in a glass, the wis- me. The providences of God dom of God's moral governo appeared mysterious to him. ment-the order and connection | Clouds and darkness were round of the several parts, and how about him. He needed for his they all conspire in various ways, support, only a stronger faith, to one great end. Joseph's bre- and a more realizing sense, that thren acted a part, as to their “ righteousness and judgment views and intentions, in direct are the habitation of his throne." opposition to the government of The event soon convinced him God ; but wherein they dealt of his mistake, and gave him a. proudly, God was infinitely a- bundant occasion, with David, bove them. They little thought to bless God that he had been how the matter would termi- afflicted. The mystery was nate ; but it was all under the cleared up to him, and all his direction of an invisible hand, grief and anxiety dispelled, as, and brought into effect by the in a moment, when he saw the powerful agency of God. waggons Joseph had sent to car

Jacob, an old man, was pas ry him into Egypt. “ Israel said, sionately fond of his son Joseph. it is enough-Joseph my son is It therefore, perhaps, became yet alive-I will go and see him necessary for Jacob's good, that before I die.” Joseph should be taken away from this small specimen of from him. But how severe was the divine conduct, we have the his trial ! The heart of the good highest reason to conclude that old man seemed ready to burst | the divine agency is universal with grief, under the smart of that all events are planned by the bereaving stroke. "And infinite wisdom--that all creaJacob rent his clothes, and put tures are in the most absolute sackcloth on his loins, and mour sense dependent on God, and ned for his son many days ; and that He hath a great and glorihis sons and all his daughters ous end in view, to which he rose up to comfort him, but he makes every event of his Prorefused to be comforted ; and vidence in some way conducive. he said, for I will go down into How is the greatness-the the grave for my son, mourn- sovereignty, and glorious suing." He afterwards expressed premacy of God exalted in this himself in still stronger terms of point of view! How absolutely settled dejection, and gloomy i independent ! What wisdom

short issue of things, most look at the shades in the pic, wisely and graciously designed, ture, and call them blemishes. which at the first seemed mys- They think that God did neiteriously confused, and inexpli- ther make nor design them becably dark. And why may not cause they are black. But rethis lead us to believe the same move the shades and both the of those parts of the moral sys- beauty and the picture itself is tem, which are not yet unfolded destroyed. There is no more and explained to us? Why have evil in the system than what is abwe not equally just ground to solutely necessary to the greatest believe that all is the operation general good. Vary any part of of one uniform plan, and that the Divine government, you esthe same divine wisdom is exer- sentially injure and ruin the cised throughout the whole and whole ; and the great end of every part ?

| infinite wisdom and goodness Let an ignorant man view the would be for ever defeated. disjointed materials of a large Without doubt it is the design building, when under the fram- of God to glorify himself, by ing hand of the carpenter, and producing the highest happiness it will all appear to him, like la- in his system ; and the plan He bor to no purpose. He recog. hath adopted, is of all possible, nizes neither form nor beauty in or conceivable plans, the wisest it. He sees not perhaps the de- and best ; and the only one cal. sign' or use of one piece of tim- culated to effect this important ber. All to him, is one confu- end. We may, therefore, rest sed, jumbled mass. But the ar- assured, that almighty power tificer knows his plan, and stea- will effect the end, which infinite dily goes forward with his work. goodness designs, by the means Every part is wisely framed which infinite wisdom hath de: and fitted ; and when they are vised. joined and the building erected Should we attempt a further and completed, the design will illustration of the subject, by appear through the whole ; and adducing scripture examples ; perhaps, the greatesć wisdom a memorable one readily occurs and beauty of architecture be in the history of Joseph. This displayed. Thus it is with man- is, at once, the most entertaining kind, in judging of the moral and instructive, What consumbeauty of the government of mate wisdom is discovered in God. Clouds and darkness are bringing good out of evil, and round about him-of conse- | light out of darkness! All the quence what they do not see, scenes appear to be predeterthey are unwilling to believe. mined by God, and the operaThey consider not, that “ right-| tion of his eternal plan. For eousness and judgment are the effecting this, it was necessary, habitation of his throne.” They that Joseph's brethren should see not the connection and de- hate and persecute him, and sign of its several parts, and I send him into Egypt-that he thence censure its wisdom, by should be sold to Potiphar-and distrusting the divine goodness, cast into prison. These incior murmuring under the cor- | dents, together with those relarections of Providence, They I ting to the Butler and Baker

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