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Doth it become Christians then to expect so much here? Our Rest is our Heaven; and where we take our Reft, ihere we make our Heaven. And wouldsti thou have but such a Heaven as this?
§ 15. (5) li is seeking Reft where it is not to be found. Your Labour will be loft, and, if you pro. ceed, your Soul's eternal Rest too. Our Reft is only in the full obtaining of our ultimate End. But that is not to be expected in this Life; neither is Rest therefore to be expected here. Is God to be enjoyed in the beft Church here, as he is in Heaven? How Jindle of God the Saints enjoy under the best Means, let their own Complainings teftify. Poor Comforters are the best Ordinances, without God. Should a Traveller take up his Rest in the Way? No, because his Home is his Journey's End. When you have all that Creatures and Means can afford, have you that you believed, prayed, fuffered for? I think you dare not say so. We are like little Children strayed from Home, and God is now fetching us Home, and we are ready to turn into any House, Itay and play with every Thing in our Way, and fit down on every green Bank, and much ado there is to get us Home. We are also in the Midst of our Labours and Dangers; and is there any refting here? What painful Work doth lie upon our Hands? Look to our Brethren, to our Souls, and to God; and what a deal of Work, in respect of each of these, doch lie before us? And can we reft in the Midst of .all our Labours? Indeed we may rest on Earth, as the Ark is said to have rested in the Midst of Jordan; ja short and small Reft. Or as Abraham desired the
Angels to turn in, and rest themselves in his Tent, where they would have been loth to have taken up their Dwelling. Should Ifrael have fixed their Rest in the . Wilderness, ainong Serpents, and Enemies, and
faction. But the Content which Creatures afford wax old, and abate after a short Enjoyment. If God should rain down Angel's Food, we should soon loath the Manna. If Novelty support not, our Delights on Earth grow dull. All Creatures are to us, as the Flowers to the Bee; there is but little Honey on any one, and therefore there must be a superficial Taste, and so to the next. The more the Creature is known, the less it fatisfieth. Those only are taken with it, who see no further than its outward Beauty, without discerning its inward Vanity. When we thoroughly know the Condition of other Men, and hiave discovered the Evil as well as the Good, and the Defects as well as the Perfections, we then ceale our Admiration.
$26. (6) To have Creatures and Means without God, I is an Aggravation of cur Misery. If God should say, " Take my Creatures, my Word, my Servants, liyi o Ordinances, but not myself;" would you take this for Happiness? If you had the Word of God, and 110t the Word, which is God; or the Bread of the Lord, and not the Lord, which is the true Bread; or could cry with the Jews, the Temple of the Lord, and had not the Lord of the Temple; this were a poor Happiness. Was Capernaum the more happy, or the more miserable, for seeing the mighty Works which they had seen, and hearing the Words of Christ which they did hear? Surely that, which aggravates our Sin and Misery, cannot be our Reft.
617. (7) To confirm all this, let us consult our Own and others Experience. Millions have made Trial, but did any ever find a sufficient Rest for his Soul on Earth? Delights I deny not but they have found, but Rest and Satisfaction they never found. And shall we think to find that which never Man could fund before us? Ahab's Kingdom is nothing to him,
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