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God's Government of the World

God's Government of the World

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BY REV. THOMAS RENNELL, B.D.



PSALM xciv. 7.

Yet they say, the Lord shall not see, neither shall the
God of Jacob regard it.
BY REV. THOMAS RENNELL, B.D.



PSALM xciv. 7.

Yet they say, the Lord shall not see, neither shall the
God of Jacob regard it.

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GOD'S GOVERMET OF THE WORLDBY REV. THOMAS REELL, B.D.PSALM xciv. 7.Yet they say, the Lord shall not see, neither shall theGod of Jacob regard it.I directing our thoughts to the moral government of God, as displayed in the world aroundus, it is to be remembered that we are not entering upon a field of barren theory, but uponthe consideration of those laws under which wenecessarily live, and by which our final doommust irreversibly be determined. The throne of the Almighty is not to be approached with languid indifference, but with that reverential awe,which is the tribute of allegiance from a creaturethus entering into the presence of his Creator,and with that cautious reserve which arises froma sense of our infinite distance from the objectof our contemplations. He who vainly attemptsto rise on the wings of a presumptuous imagination into the counsels of his Maker, will find himself soon plunged into an abyss, which the powers5SERMO XV. 183of his contracted soul cannot fathom. The Almighty can be known to us only according tothe measure of that knowledge which he has revealed to us, and of our capacities to receive it-All other speculations of a finite mind, on an infinite Being, must inevitably end in empty para
 
dox, or unintelligible obscurity. But as there isa barrier fixed beyond which the mind cannotpass, so is there a limit determined within whichit is commanded to call forth the exercise of itspowers, and to view the Almighty, in all his dispensations to man, as the great moral Governorof the universe. Light has been vouchsafed usfrom above to discover, and reason given us tocomprehend, the laws of that government as faras they concern our obedience here, or our expectations hereafter. After such a revelation of himself to mankind, ignorance is so far from apalliation of error, that it is itself a crime- Theperversity of human pride, passes too hastilyfrom hardy and adventurous presumption, tocold and sullen neglect. With what show of reason can we shelter ourselves in the darknessof voluntary ignorance, when light has beengiven us from on high, sufficient for every purpose of our being, and proportionate to the measures of our comprehensions ? It is a crime notonly as considered in itself, but as it is the parent of that long train of criminal consequences184 SERMO XV.arising from the misapprehension of the lawsunder which we are governed. This is the ignorance which gives audacity to sin, and strengthto temptation; this is the ignorance which entails a principle of rebellion in the human race ;.this is the ignorance which cries aloud in thelanguage of impious sophistry, " The Lord shallnot see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it."A supposition can scarcely be imagined more inconsistent with the divine attributes, more destructive of all moral government, more subversive of the first principles of obedience, than the
 
supposition of inadvertency or indifference inthe moral Governor, and that Governor, Almighty God. An opinion strange indeed for areasonable Deist to maintain, still more strangefor one who professes himself a Christian to support and avow ; as it must immediately destroythe doctrine of a particular Providence, withwhich that of a general Providence is inseparablyconnected. When once we have abandoned thishigh and leading doctrine, under whatever namewe choose to arrange ourselves, whether as sceptics or believers, Deists or Christians, all our opinions, and all. our actions, must terminate inpractical Atheism. In pursuing this train of thought, it is my intention first, to shew the necessity of a particular Providence, and of our belief in its existence, and afterwards to enlargeSERMO XV. 185upon the power and the mode of its actions andinterference.In asserting then .our belief in a particularProvidence we maintain, that wherever we are,there is the Almighty with us, surrounding uswith his boundless presence, including and penetrating every part of our substance, and searching the most secret recesses of our heart with hisunerring eye ; foreseeing through an infiniteseries of causes the things that ever shall be, asthough they now are ; ordaining events apparentlythe most casual and fortuitous, and directingevery contingency in human affairs. o circumstance too small, no accident too trifling, for hisOmniscience to foresee, or for his Omnipotenceto controul, but all conspiring to form a part inhis incomprehensible scheme of universal govern

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