Sermons Preached to a Country Congregation (2); To Which Are Added, a Few Hints for Sermons; Intended Chiefly for the Use of the Younger Clergy, Volume 2
General Books LLC, 2009 - 224 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1822 edition. Excerpt: ... hid future events from mankind, that they should not distress themselves about them, but should learn dependence on him.--Learn, then, humility; and reverence that God, who takes into his hands the disposal of all future things; and do not pretend to foresee what God only can know. The next piece of instruction which our Saviour gives to Martha, is, not to be careful, and troubled about many things. Here we have a new lesson. They who are careful, and troubled about the necessaries of life, or things ef immediate concern, which was Martha's case, have at least some excuse. But what have they to say, who are careJill and troubled about many things thsX&xe not necessary--who carry their desires into unbounded length--and indulge their inclinations in fancied wants? This indeed is the chief source of all our cares and troubles. The mere wants of nature are included in a small compass. The moderate conveniences, and even comforts of life, do not extend very widely: but he who suffers himself to be be careful and troubled about many things, enter a wide field of restlessness and anxiety. In short, our desires, among all craving things, are the most importunate; and it requires much prudence, and more self-denial, to adjust the regulation of them. No exact rule can be fixed that suits every case. One man may want what is superfluous to another. Something is due to age--something to infirmity--and something, no doubt, to different modes of education, and stations in life. The Scriptures can only give a general rule. We must apply that rule to our own cases; and ought honestly to consider what we have, and what we have not occasion for. In short, we must not allow ourselves to suppose we want many things, which we do not want.--What God hath given...
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