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- Affli&ions alone are not enough to evidence a
man to be blessed and in a happy condition,excepc l they prove teaching, Sanctifged afflictions. Evidences of Grace and the favour of God consist in inward impreffions, not outward dispensations. 'Tis not faid, Bleßed is the man whom thon chafenest and delivereff out of trouble, but whows
how corectest and teachest. When God takes way the disease, and does not take away the zuilt and dominion of sin, does not pardon and anctifie che sick person, 'cis not a compleat deliperance, but only a reprieval from prelent exeution. Bare deliverance is not che blessing chou houldst desire: The blessing of affliction is Di
pine Instruction. Therefore those who are puc y God into the school of affliction should seriusly apply themselves to learn those lessons which in chat School chey ought to learn. And hey are such as these. ¿ 1. obediential Jubmission to the will of God. Ve must not dispute our Crose, but take it up
A aron held his peace, Lev.10.3. We may ina eed and ought to seek unto the Lord, and to se lawful means ( as I said before ) for deliverace from a sicknes, or ocher affliction; but yec ith resignation of our selves to his holy will.
acience is not a stupidity, or insensiblenesse of sods hand, but a calmnesse of mind upon wise ad holy grounds: And therefore, if the socksessa e sends upon us, prove either very long, or te
Directions to the sick. Chupa Chap.19. dious and painful, yet we must cake be
Directions to the Sick.
569 5. To mind and esteem the promises of God
murmuring, or repinining, or charging 6 more. Through distractions without (in cime so strong, he is not to be replied. Topal Bue in time of focknelle, or other distres, there stion'd; so good, he is not to be aspecten ny times ) neglect to tady che promises of God.
are no cordials like onto them.
6. To enquire into, and examine our evidences
we are afflicted, in patience to pose for Heaven ; not to venture our foules on general
therefore, will but Augment our pais, ali crease oor
guilt. 'Tis indeed a hand mera But we should consider not so much aberta as what we deserve. Any thing on the team is mercy, and will so
and will so appear to a chy soul.
ungrounded hopes and finking foundacions.
7. To live by Faith. Faith takes the soul off from creature-confidences, and teaches ic to stay it self on God alone. The right course to obtain
way of an hurnble trust. When we fee and apprehend our own in
that were wont before to content themelosa
2. To pray more earneftly and ferculane mercies from God, is in the cold, short, Night, sleepy, formal deetan Jufficiency, and Gods All sufficiency, and cast ( by sanctified affictions ) learn to po Our selves on his wisdom, power, and goodness,
more heartily and fervently, and to any unco God for pardon and Grace,
for help us. lief.
3. To be better acquainted with our vetem
chen he usually affords help and succour to
8. Toprice communion with God more, and to be more Heavenly minded. In the glaring of prospe
our selves with Creature- enjoyments : But in the night of adversity, and in sad dispensations ; Oh
Actions fanctified discover che sono rity we are too apt to forget God, and to content derxes, to humble tbee and to prove thee," how delightful is a beam of his love and fan and experimentally. I, the evil and dangen' down the pride of the beart, and makes it huma.
secret corruptions of the heart, Dew6.311 Lord thy God ledthee these fourty years in the
what was in thine heart.
9. To be more humble. By afflictions God takes
4. To understand these three things to
2. The emptinefse of the Creature, 3; oughi co set
upon his fufferings.
ble, and soft and pliable to his will.
10. To be more thankful for the mercies we enjoy. We seldom are sufficiently sensiyle of the
oufneffe of Christ, and what a high eur
5. To mind and efteem the promises of God more. Through distractions without in time of health) and corruptions within, people ( ma. ny cimes ) neglect to study the promises of God. But in time of socknelle, or other distreß, there are no cordials like unto them,
6. To enquire into, and examine our evidences for Heaven ; not to venture our foules on general ungrounded hopes and finking foundations.
7. To live by Faith. Faith cakes the soul off .: from creature-confidences, and teaches ic to stay
it self on God alone. The right course to obtain - mercies from God, is in the way of an humble
trust. When we see and apprehend our own inSufficiency, and Gods All Jufficiency, and cast our selves on his wisdom, power, and goodnes, then he usually affords help and succour' co US.
8. To price communion with God more, and to be more Heavenly minded. In the glaring of prosperity we are coo apt to forget God, and to concenc our selves wich Creature- enjoyments : But in the night of adversity, and in sad dispensations ; Oh how delightful is a beam of his love and fa
9. To be more humble. By afflictions God cakes down the pride of the beart, and makes it hum. Ble, and soft and pliable to his will.
10. To be more thankful for the mercies we enoy. We seldom are sufficiently sensible of the
worth of our mercies till God begin to deprive as of them.
11. To set a high value and price upon time: Sicknesse cries aloud in our eares, redeem time, O redeem time, for praying, for meditating, for clearing our evidences for Heaver, &c. How many are there, who when their time is almo done, have cheir great work then to begir. O in what a fad condition are they?
There, and such like lessons should be learned in the School of affliction. But now they wbom God shall please to bring forth out of their trosbles, to deliver from their ficknesle, and rente the lease of their lives, should be exhorted to these five things.
1. Let them consider what they have learned is the School of affliction: What the Spirit of Gri hath taught them? If they find they have lears ed (in some measure ) those lessons before-mesoned, then let them study to be thankfulLe them consider, God hach done more for cher than if he had never brought them into affliction. He bach given them deliverance and instruction boch. He hach turned their water into wine.
2. Let them take heed of forgetting the left they have learned. Let them labour to keep alk the teachings of Gods Spirit upon their heart Let chem study co maintain that sweet, gracias humble frame of spirit into which God brougy them by their afflictions. If they be note
ceeding watchful, they will quickly find a great deal of difference between their hearts under affictions, and when the affliction is taken off. There is much of a Pharaoh-like disposition in every man : We are very prone to harden when the storm is over.
3. Let them renew often upon their souls the remembrance of the sharpness and bitternes of their "afflictions. Let chem call to mind their fad difcourses and reasonings, their fears and tremblings, the mis-givings of heart and Sad apprehensions they had in time of their distresse. Let them remember their aptnesse to impatience and to bard thoughts of God. Let them recall how happy they chought those chac were free from cheir troubles and paines: These remembrances kepe alive will make them humble and thankful. 4. Let them remember their vowes and
promises made to God in time of their ficknesse and distresse. Let them labour to be such out of sicknesse, as they promised God, themselves, and ( poffibly) others, they would be, when chey were in it. The Emperor Sigismond demanded of King Alphonsus, what was the directeft course to be bappy ; Perform (saies he) when thou art well, what thou promisedft when thou wert sick. 'Tis very remarkable whac is recorded of the mariners, Fonab 1.15,16. And the Sea ceased from herraging, then tbe men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made