favour, so day by day does the return of light remindus of God's goodness and long-suffering. " His merciesare new every morning." How ready He is to forgive !How willing He is to take us back again into His favourand protection ! It was David's experience that God'sanger endureth but for a moment. " athan said untoDavid, Thou art the man." Immediately it follows," The Lord also hath put away thy sin ; thou shalt notdie." In His favour standeth our eternal life. If weeping endure for a night, joy is almost sure to comein the morning. So is this our experience also. " Everycloud has its silver lining," and it is happy for us thatit is so ; for if all were sorrow with any of us, the heartwould soon die down within us ; or if all were for everHEAVIESS FOR THE IGHT. 39 joy and health and prosperity, there are very few indeedof us who would still hold us fast by God. It is sadto think that very few persons can endure prosperityfor long, and live unto God ; but so it is. Earthly goodis only too apt to draw off our hearts from God ; there-fore it is that our Lord Himself tells us that it requiresfar more grace from God to save a rich man than a poorman, simply because this world has so much greaterhold upon his heart, and in many ways his temptationsto sin and selfishness are so much greater. And so of all other kinds and degrees of outward prosperity, God'sgoodness to us, instead of leading us, as it ought, to love,fear, and honour Him who is the Author and Giver of all good things, always without His special grace doesexactly the reverse. It makes us love this world, andthe things that are in the world ; and in proportion aswe love it supremely, and set our hearts upon it andserve it, we cease to love God, and to give our first andbest powers of soul and body to Him, Who is so good tous. Therefore it is, I am sure, that sorrows and troublesare so often, so thickly, so freely, distributed around us.