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Impatience Reproved.

Impatience Reproved.

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Job X. 1 . My soul is weary of my life.

Job X. 1 . My soul is weary of my life.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jun 20, 2014
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IMPATIECE REPROVED. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A.Job X. 1 . My soul is weary of my life. LIFE is justly esteemed a blessing: and we are properly taught in the Liturgy to thank God, as well for our creation, as for our preservation, and re- demption. But to the greater part of mankind this world is a checquered scene at best ; and to very many it is only a vale of tears. Had we seen Job in his prosperity, we should have been led perhaps to form a more favourable estimate of the present state ; but there are changes in the affairs of men, as much as in the air and seas : and the day that dawned with the most promising appearance, may be overcast with clouds, and blackened with tem- pests, ere the sun has reached its meridian height. Thus it was with Job : the man that was the envy of all who knew him, was in a short space of time so reduced, as to exclaim, *' My soul is weary of my life." We shall, I. Shew that this is a common experience — Daily observation proves that it is common, 1. Among the ungodly — [It arises from domestic trials. Who can tell what trouble a tyrannical or unfaithful husband, a contentious or imprudent wife, a rebellious or extravagant son, an indiscreet or unchaste daughter, may occasion ? There is scarce a family to be found, where something does not happen to embitter life, and to make death, either to the head or members, an object of desire.
From personal troubles also the same disquietude will spring. Pain and sickness, when of long continuance, and especially when accompanied with the infirmities of age, cause many to wish for a speedy dissolution. Embarrassed circumstances too will so oppress the spirits, particularly when occasioned by one's own extravagance or folly, as to make the soul weary of life : yea, to such a degree are the minds of men oppressed by trou- bles of this kind, that a deliverance from them is not unfre- quently sought in suicide. Even a mere sense of the emptiness of all earthly things will often fill the soul with disgust, and cause it to sigh for a release from the body, in which it finds no satisfactory 416 JOB, X. 1. [311;' satisfactory enjoyment. Many, in the midst of youth, health, and affluence, while moving in a constant round of amusements, and free from every external trouble, are yet so weary of life, that they would gladly part with it immediately, if they were not afraid of entering into the invisible world. But, above all, a guilty conscience renders man " a burthen to himself." A |ier- son " wearv and heavy-laden " with a sense of sin, and not knowing wliere to go for rest, is indeed a pitiable object. He wishes that he had never been born, or that he could be again reduced to a state of non-existence. If he might but be an- nihilated like the beasts, he would gladly accept the offer, and most thankfully forego all hope of heaven, to obtain deliverance from the fears of hell.] 2. Among the godly — > [ot even the most eminent saints are altogether free from this experience. They are not, whilst in the flesh, above the reach of teynpornl afflictions. They are not indeed overcome by every little trouble, like those who know not God : but they are not insensible to pain or pleasure : they have their feelings, as well as other men. Pains of body, loss of substance, bereavements of
friends, injuries from enemies, may, when accumulated, cast them down ; and produce, as in the case of Job, extreme dejection. The weight of spirihial troubles is felt by these exclusively : nor can those who have never experienced their pressure, form any just conception respecting them. Who can describe the anguish that is occasioned by violent temptations^ headstrong corruptions^ unsuccessful conflicts i" What language can paint the distress of a soul under the hidings of God's face, and the ap- prehensions of his wrath ? Can we wonder that a person long exercised with such trials, should say, " Oh that I had wings like a dove ! for then would I fly away, and be at rest*"? Surely *' the spirit of a man may sustain other infirmities; but a wounded spirit who can bear^ ?"] The commonness of this experience may well lead us to, II. Inquire into the reasons of it — Many reasons may be assigned, but we shall limit ourselves to a few : 1. Impatience — [Job, whose patience is celebrated even by God himself, when borne down by the weight of his afflictions, cursed the day of his birth '', and longed exceedingly for death '' ; and would have been glad to have had a period put to his existence, even by strangling, rather • Ps. Iv. 4—5. " Prov. xviii. 14. ' Job ill. 1—22. ''job^i. 8, p.

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