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another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats; and that he will set the sheep on his righthand, but the goats on his left: that he will order his angels to gather up the tares and burn them, but to lodge the wheat safely in his garner.
« What did he do, when he came?-He proved that he was the Faithful, the Just, the True, and the Almighty
“ What promise, what expectation did he hold forth of his coming again ?-He said, 'Be patient: follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be—I am the light of the world: he, that followeth me,
shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. Yours is a reversion: can you Trust me? Can you honour me? Can you glorify me before men? Can you wait for my coming; and take up that religion which consists of faith, and patience, and obedience? 'Are you one of those who are poor in spirit? then you shall certainly have the kingdom which I have promised.””
' When the Holy Spirit of God works a correspondent disposition to this proposal in the hearts of Christians, they are satisfied with the plan, with their Master, and with his wages.
What shall I say? A Christian is as a wise virgin, in a waiting posture. A Christian rests on a rock: “ Here,” says he, 66 will I stand! Tell me not what men say
Let them call me fool! Let them call me madman! I am building on a rock: I will, therefore, by faith and
patience, now establish my heart; for surely the coming of the Lord draweth nigh."
Patience, then, as you see, is the Child of Faith. It is not obstinacy: it is not stupidity: it is not enthusiasm: it is not the pride of the soul: but it is the Living Martyr, trusting to the word and faithfulness of his Lord; believing that, in a very little time, he shall enter into his rest, and that it shall soon be said of him, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, for they rest from their labours. .
II. But, while Patience is the Child of Faith, it is, at the same time, the PARENT OF SUCCESS.
The patient man is in the way to conquer. This is illustrated variously in this chapter.
When the HUSBANDMAN has laboured in his field and sown his seed, he cannot at once raise bread. What avails his haste? What avails his fretting? He may fret, because the frost sets in: he may fret, because there seems to him to be too much rain: but how will his fretting benefit him? Will his impatience alter the state of the ground? will it change the weather? will it forward the harvest? His impatience can do no good; but his patience can:-his trusting of God, and quieting of himself to wait for the appointed seasons, sleeping and rising, and rising and sleeping, while the corn is growing he knows not how, Thus the
husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain: that is, he comes into the order of God: he has patience with God: he goes on, trusting that, in God's way, he shall obtain the promised harvest.
Now, therefore,” as if the Apostle had said, “ Look at him. You must hope for success in the saine way. Does he use means? So must you; and you . must have patience, like him.”
The Apostle states another case. Brethren; the PROPHETS, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction and of patience. Consider how the world has treated the greatest and best of menmen, who have lived on purpose, as it were to befriend the world! · Noah was a long time building the ark, for the safety of his house; while an ungodly world were scorning and reviling him: but he patiently worked on, and he and his house were saved. Jacob was a man of sorrows: but, when dying, he says, I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord; plainly implying that he had not waited in vain. Look at Moses, at Jeremiah, at Daniel: take them for an example of faith and patience; and for proofs that Patience is the Parent of Success. By faith and patience they overcame the world, with its affections and lusts; and consider, in running over the history of the Prophets and Apostles, that they never lost
ground, till they lost their patience: if Moses failed at Massah and Meribah, it was when he had lost his patience: if Elijah, that great champion of Israel, is brought into a mean and contemptible predicament, it was when he had lost his patience; flying from the face of a woman: if we hear Jeremiah talking of being deceived,-0 Lord, thou hast deceived me it was when he had lost his patience. They would give God no time: they would not trust him. Take them, says the Apostle, for an example. Behold! we count them happy which endure: they trust God: like the three children walking in the fiery furnace, their bonds only are burnt, while they are safe.
St. James mentions another instance. Ye have heard of the patience of JoB: he was a suffering man: mark his patience: consider how he endured-Though he slay me, yet will I trust him:Ye have heard of the patience of Job; and have seen the end of the Lord, that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
All these witnesses declared, that they were only strangers upon earth, and but as pilgrims travelling to a better country; that they could trust their Master; that they knew in whom they believed, and that he was able to keep what they had committed to him; and that their inheritance was a reversion.
Now consider the end of the Lord; and see in every case, if true Christian Patience was not the
Child of their Faith, and the Parent of their Success.
III. In conclusion, we shall make a few REMARKS from this subject.
1. We here see the 'GROUND on which the Apostle says, Be patient.
Let Passion have its good things now, and it will soon be in rags : let passion climb the highest step, it will only fall the sooner: but be you patient, and by faith and patience, be you followers of them, who, through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Let me exhort you, Brethren! to consider the line marked out by your Master. When tempted to impatience, ask yourselves, what impatience will effect for the husbandman. It may vex and harass him; but it will not make anything grow. Saul would not wait for the Lord: he would sacrifice at his own time, and in his own way, and would go to a witch for advice, because he was impatient; but remember, he had no success. David learnt a very different lesson: when the people spake of stoning him at Ziklag, he encouraged himself in the Lord his God: as though he had said, “ God knoweth how to deliver me! Here I stand, and will establish my heart. As the eyes
. of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so mine eyes wait upon thee, O Lord my God, until