Caryl - Houston-Packer Collection BS1415 .C37 v9

i62, .db Etpofrticn xpsn the Book, cf Jo a. Vert.. 16. and our fait dayes The dayes wherein wee eate the fat and drink the fweet ; and the dayes wherein we drinke teares and feed upon allies , are und:cr an unchangeable appoyntment: there's noavoyding them, they will come,they will take holdof us,and poffeffe us.David laichof the wicked rcan,(13fal37.13,) 7re'Lord /hall larsgh at him ; Why? fcr he fetch that his day is Coming : the wicked man pleafeth himfelfe in his profperous condition, then he laughs and rejoyceth ; and then the Lord laughs at him. None have Inch caufe to mourne as they,at whom God laughs. God laughs at the wicked man ; and why ? becaufe he fees a dayof blacknes, a day ofClouds and darknes, a day of gloomines and thick darkncs (as the Prophet noel fpeakes) that is, a day ofgreat trouble coming juftly upon him : the Lord fees that a blacke day is Coming upon the wicked man, whichwill turne all his plots agaitft the righteous(in the hoped fucceffeof which he r&oyced ) upon his own head. Nowas fomeungodly men have ipecially appointed black dayes coming upon them in this world for ruine and deftroetion ; fo the godlyhave dayesof ntìliftion appointed them for tryali and correc} ion: Nor doth the beft of Saints know how Toone fuch a day maycome upon him : Now it is a day of health with a godly man, but a day of ficknes may quickly come uponhim ; now it is a day of riches, but a dayof poverty may quickly come upon him ;now it is a day of credit or honour in the world but a day of difgrace and re- proach from the world may be coming, a, d quickly come upon him. It is laid (P141. 37. i S.) The Lord knowetb the dyes ofthe stpright ; That is, he knowes what kind of dares or times they !hall live in and paffe thorough. He knowes not only what na- tural!, but what providential! dayes Thal I goe over their heads, what changes they (hall be in, or meet with while they arepaf- fing through this world. Looke what. tr enables the Lord knowes . will come upon any day,they will comeat their day as lure as the day corneal,. Fourthly , ?ob doth not only fay that dayes of afi3i&ion came 'von him, but they tookhold upon him.. Hence niirel. when 4'f/it-lion comes, it takes hold, it taktsf..f} hold andwill nat,let est gee till Godgives leave. f ffliâio.r