Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.3

The Favour of God obtained by Wifdom. 121 ìewed to him. There is no mention Of S E R M. any particular promife with refpeE to the - V. prefent exigency in anfwer to his prayers, `"v"-j that is, that he fhould efcape from Efau and there was no need of any, for the favour of God is in all events fufficient for his fer- vants, their rock and refuge in every article of danger ; when that foundation is once laid, and an intereft in the loving - kindnefs of their God afcertained to them, they are fully fatisfied, and reafon with themfelves in this manner; let the appearances be ever fo difmal and (hocking, our God is able to de- liver us ; but if he has thought fit to appoint otherwife, and that the prefent danger muff put an end to life, dill we are fafe, his fa- vour reacheth beyond the line of life, and rnaketh death itfelf our gain. Such hope had thofe glorious confefì'ors for the true re- ligion, Shadrach, Mef ach, and iibednego, when doomed to a fiery furnace by Nebu- chadnezzar, and their hope infpired them with heroic refolution, Dan. iii. 16. They anfwered, and faid, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to anfwer thee in this matter, If it be fo, our God, whom we fèrve, is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thy hand, O king.