GOD A REFUGE. 3Your immortal soul, deluded so often in its hopes of happiness from carnal pursuits, will sometimes feel anaching void ; the thoughts of guilt, of immortality, the fearof future judgments, will sometimes plant thorns in yourpillow. Where is your refuge ? Will you drown all theseanxieties in oblivion ? Will you go to mirth, and wine, andthoughtless company, that you may cast them away ? Afterall, they will return. There will be seasons in which they\vill overwhelm you ; and on a death-bed, and in eternity,they will be a thousand fold worse than ever.A few days more, and you will be gasping for breath ;all human aid and skill will be useless ; there is onlyanother step, and you are on the ocean of eternity. Yourpleasures, your riches, your gay friends, your honors, arenow so many daggers to your soul, because they havedrawn you away from God, and left you without any sup-port in his place. Where is your refuge ? Unhappy man !you have none. God will not receive you, when you havetrifled with him so long ; and the world is worse than no-thing. You have only to draw another breath, and awakein the realms of despair.You cannot say that I am describing fictions of the im-agination to alarm you. The evils which I have enumer-ated are, in almost every instance, among those which noson or daughter of Adam can escape. Pain, distress, lossof friends, apprehensions of insecurity from national con-vulsions, despondencies at future prospects, agitations aboutdeath, which will tear you from every beloved earthlyobject — are woes from which no station nor circumstanceswill exempt you. I speak of real and certain evils — evilsfrom which, if your peace is not made with God, you havenot found, and cannot find, a refuge.You confess yourself, that, after all your efforts to findhappiness from enjoyments of this world, you are disap-pointed. Thousands of times you have set your affectionson objects which you have not been able to attain ; and asmany times more you have found anticipation far exceedactual enjoyment. When you know that the most desira-ble objects on earth, if already in your possession, may notcontinue so for a single hour, it casts a gloom over yourfairest hopes, which cannot be dissipated.