taken, it may be readily admitted that, as theywere uncertain how soon it might happen, as theyhad no ground for concluding that it would not bein their time, so they rightly laboured to impressupon the disciples its possible, if you will its pro-bable nearness. Besides, they knew that, virtu-ally, it would be soon : for if Christ came notspeedily in the flesh, speedily they would becalled out of the flesh to Him, and then wouldcease the pleasures and cares of this world, andthen would begin the possession and enjoymentof things eternal. How necessary then, that theywho were but pilgrims and strangers here, livinga life that was soon to be ended and accountedfor, should be warned against excess of worldli-ness, against building houses where they werebut permitted to pitch tents, against turning asideout of the path of pilgrimage, and wasting orabusing the time for journeying ! How cheering,too, for those who were perplexed, or burthened.DEPEDECE UPO GOD. 3or afflicted, to be reminded that perplexity, andtoil, and grief were only passing clouds, and mereinconveniences by the way — that soon they shouldbe rid of them altogether, and should only beallowed to remember them to magnify their ap-preciation of attained rest and glory ! And herelet me observe, that the admonition " Be carefulfor nothing," is not in this place a reproof of theworldling, coming across him in the path of mammon worship, of earthly aggrandisement, of forgetfulness of eternity, of God, of heaven, butis rather a consolation, an encouragement, forthose, who while walking, or endeavouring towalk, in the right way, are depressed and hin-dered by trials, and perplexities, and afflictions.