most savage beasts, causing them to suppress "^ or forget '^ their instinctive ferocity, or over-ruling the exercise of it, for the preservation '' or destruction of men % as he sees occasion. The affairs of men he more especially controuls. In his hands are, 1 . The occurrences of life — [There is nothing realiy casual or contingent in the world. It is Go<l that disposes of us from our earliest infancy to the latest hour of our lives. " He determines the bounds of our habi- tation ^." If we are called to the possession of wealth, or deprived of it by any untoward circumstarices, it is ^' the Lord who gives, and the Lord who taketh it aways." If we enjoy health, orpine away in sickness, it is " the Lord who both wounds and heals, who kills and makes alive*"." " There is neither good nor evil in the city, but the Lord is the doer of it'." Even the falling of a hair of our head, trifling as it is, takes not place but by hia appointment''.] 2. The seasons of death — [To every man "there is an appointed time upon earth*: there are " bounds which he cannot pass™." " God holdeth our souls in life":" and " when he taketh away our breath, we die, and return to the dust°." Youth and health are no security again^t the stroke of death : the most vigorous constitutions are soon broken, when God is pleased to afflict us ?: the skill of phy- sicians, however useful when attended witli his blessing, is of no avail''. So numerous are the occasions of death, that no caution can possibly avoid them: " a man may flee from a lion, and a *bear meet him ; or he may go into a house for safety, and a ser- pent bite him""." When God "requires our souls," we must surrender » Ps. cxlviii. 8. ^ 1 Kin. xiii. 28. " Dan. vi. 22. •^ Jon. i. 17. '2 Kin. ii. 24. ' Acts xvii. 26.