OUR EXTREMITY IS GOd'S OPPORTUITY. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M.A. Deut. xxxii. 36. The Lord shall judge his people^ and repent himself for his servants, when lie seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut vp or left. IT is a certain truth that God is immutable in his purposes, whether of judgment or of mercy. In the execution of either there may be long delays : but neither the one nor the other shall fail. The sins of the impenitent '^are laid up in store with him, and sealed up among his treasures:" and how se- cure soever the ungodly may imagine themselves, they shall give up their account to him, "^ to whom belongeth vengeance and recompence : " yes, they may 36*2 DEUTEROOMY, XXXII. 36. .~ [159. may stand fast in their own apprehension ; but " their feet shall slide in due time : for the day of their calamity is at hand,; and the things that shall come upon them make haste";" or, to use the ener- getic language of St. Peter, " their judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not^" In like manner are mercies re- served for his chosen people : and though he may, for wise and gracious purposes, suffer them to be reduced to the greatest extremities, as he did his people in Babylon ''\ yet will he interpose effectually for them in due season, repenting himself for them, when he sees that their power is gone, and that there is none shut up or left."