Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.2

i S a Of Patience. Saar. mind, effentially confì$s in a chearful fub- VII. million and refignation of our wills to the will 'v of God, acquiescing with full confent in his appointments whatever they are, fo that we may fay, after the example of our bleffed Saviour, the mod pet-fed pattern of patience, under the mod grievous fufferings, not my will but thine be done, heavenly Father. Other examples we have in fcripture of great refigna- tion, mod worthy to be imitated, fuch as that of Eli, when Samuel denounced aftonifh- ing judgments which were to come on his family, he faid *, It is the Lord, let him do what feemeth him good. And of David ff', when he was by the prevailing rebellion of his fon Abfalom driven away from 7erufalem, his imperial city, and the appointed place of God's worfhip, he thus expref es his humble fubmiffion to divine providence, If I (hall find favour in the eyes of the Lord, he will bring me again and thew me his habitation. But, if he thus fay, I have no delight in thee; (if I 1hall be abandoned to the deepeft diftrefs and difhonour, fo as to have no fuch outward tokens of his favour) here am I, let him do to me asfeemeth good unto him. It is requifite, á Sam. iii. 18. t z Sam. xv. z6. on