THE PLEASURES OF RELIGION
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.
" HER WAYS ARE WAYS OF PLEASANTNESS, AND ALL HER PATHS ARE PEACE." Prov. 3:17. It is a maxim admitted by all the world, that " every one is drawn by pleasure." But it is the misery of our fallen nature, that we are not drawn so much by the best pleasures, as by the worst: that the pleasures we generally prefer end in pain; and that the pleasures we commonly neglect, are such as would make us happy for ever. These are, the pleas-ures of religion, called in our text, the icays of icisdom; by which we may understand the ways prescribed to us by Christ, who is Wisdom itself, and the pursuit of which is the true wisdom of man; for "the fear of the Lord, that is wis-dom; and to depart from evil is understanding." All men seek happiness, but few know where to find it. They may be compared to a number of seamen, sailing from difierent ports, in quest of a very rich and beautiful country, which they have heard much of, but never saw; and the greater part of whom set out without a map or a compass. Is it any wonder if few of them ever reach the desired spot ? Just so it is with young persons who are eagerly desirous of pleasure: they are willing to take any pains, or run any risk