and so he tries to go away from God. He does not want to be near him. He does not like even to think about him. The father did not drive the prodigal son from his house. o. He went of his own accord. And just so, when every sinner wanders from his heavenly Father. He goes of his own accord. obody drives him. God does not drive him away.* Oh, no ! He never drove any man to do what was wrong. It is a bad heart that makes us do Bad things. And where did that young man go ? Did he stay in the neighbourhood? o! "He took a journey into a far country." He went into a strange land and among strange people. And so it is that every bad man does when he keeps on doing wicked things. The more he sins, the fur- ther he wanders away from God. He loves to be among people that are strangers to God. But what does he gain by his wickedness ? What did that young man gain ? For a short time, indeed, he lived well. While his money lasted, he enjoyed himself; and he felt that it was a fine thing to be his own master ; to do just as he chose ; to drink, and frolic, and feast with his wicked companions, and to indulge his sinful inclinations. Very pleasant it must have been, as long as it lasted. But the pleasures of sin never last long. By and by his money began to give out, and after a little while it was all gone ; JABABLB Of TH1 PBODIGAL BO. 129 and, to make matters worse, " there arose a mighty famine in that land;" — bread was very scarce, and he had no money to bay food with, and hunger began to pinch him, 10 that he was almost ready to starve. And then, I sup* pose, he had to sell his clothes to buy himself bread, for the wicked men who were his friends before, cared nothing for him now. What shall he do ? Wretchedness, and misery, and death are staring him in the face. What shall he do ?