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Dependence Upon God.

Dependence Upon God.

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BY JAMES GALLOWAY COWAN



Philippians, IV., 5, 6.

The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing ; hut in
everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God.
BY JAMES GALLOWAY COWAN



Philippians, IV., 5, 6.

The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing ; hut in
everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God.

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DEPEDECE UPO GOD.BY JAMES GALLOWAY COWAPhilippians, IV., 5, 6.The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing ; hut ineverything by prayer and supplication with thanksgivinglet your requests be made known unto God."THE LORD is at hand." It is doubtfulwhether this admonition is designed to re-commend the foregoing precept, "Let your mode-ration be known unto all men," or whether itintroduces and enforces the injunction, " Becareful for nothing." It may well do both : on theone hand, exhorting the disciples to lead (andthat manifestly) an unworldly life, seeing theywere so shortly to be taken out of the world ;and, on the other hand, cheering them in theirsorrows, suppressing their anxieties and quicken-ing their faith, by the remembrance, that comfort,and peace, and perfect bliss would soon be theirs — " The Lord is at hand."B2 SERMO /.The second advent of our Lord was always inthe mind of the apostles. It is thought that theyeven counted upon its literal occurrence in theirlifetime, as though the prophecies of it wereamong the things to be fulfilled before that gene-ration passed away. Without subscribing to thisview, against which many objections may be
 
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.DEPEDECE 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.
 
There are cares which man makes for himself, forwhich he is to be blamed, whereof he deserves toeat the bitter fruit. There are other cares whichhe suffers involuntarily, which GoD imposes uponhim as discipline, which Satan thrusts upon himas temptations. With regard to the last, theChristian's cares, St. Paul offers advice and con-solation, saying in effect — Sink not beneatlithem, poor pilgrim; groan not on account of them ; let them not distract your aims and de-sires from the right object of solicitude and hope.Weigh them in the right scaler agdkxksX. \5cia. ^^^fcv^^^4 SERMO I.that are coming, and they will surely be foundlight. Measure them beside the joys of eternity,and they will be seen to be brief and transitory." The Lord is at hand" to relieve you of themall, at His second advent, by the unclothing of dej^th, by carrying you to Paradise. Be comforted,rejoice, rouse ye, and, without distraction, pursueyour hopeful course. " Be careful for nothing."We know the force of such an exhortation inearthly things. We know by experience how lightis the labour which leads to rest, how possible itis to smile through present tears at the prospectof coming joy ; what pains, and self-denials, anddangers, and encounters, are readily embraced bythose whom ambition prompts, and approvalcheers, and reward awaits. othing is too hardto bear, nothing too dear to relinquish, nothingtoo formidable to meet, nothing too much to do;the hands that hung down are lifted up, thesorrow is banished, the toil becomes pleasure, werush to the fight, we delight in the race, forgettingthe past, disregarding the present, hastening on-

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