DON'T WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW BY HENRY HAWKINS

ST. MATTHEW, V. 34.

Take — no thought for the morrow,

UouBTLESs a reliirion that makes it a fundamental principle of morality to banisli anxiety and care, must be admitted to possess, to a careless world, great recommendations; and as, from the earliest ages, we have been accustomed to hear mankind complain of the cares, the misfortunes, the vexations and troubles of life, we might be induced to suppose that a religion which assures us that every event wliich happens, is directed, by infinite power, infinite wisdom, and infinite goodness, would, as soon as its maxims Avere made known, find all ranks and con(htions of men ready to receive it; and thaf those who had received it would, merely as they preferred peace of mind before restlessness and dis(}uietude, gladly repose that
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trust and confidence in tlie Deity, to which he is entitled by every attribute that he pos' p5

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sesses: but if we look into the world, do \ye find this to be the fact? do we not every day hear the necessary checks which avarice or ambition experiences, -complained of as positive misfortunes or deprivations, and the goodness of God called in question, bevCause this man has not got a high office, arid another has not amassed as much money as he wished ? Do we not hear the querulous complaining that some adverse accident has blasted all their hopes, and that nothing now remains for them but despair ? and do we not frequently see that those slight disappointments which overwhelm us with sorrow or dismay, in the end are productive of some of the greatest blessings that we en2

joy, when the Deity

^^ From seeming evil draws forth certain good ':**

By indulging this ungrateful and unbecoming distrust of Providence, and considering our own imperfect view of things as sufficient to enable us to judge what is best for us, we do not err more from the jight path of religion and virtue, than froiri tiia^t of peace of mind; and, indeed, it may

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be truly said, that no deviation can be maile from duty, but which leads us as much astray from the path of happiness, even in this world.

The resignation here recommended, is, hapj)ily, one of the many virtues that any of us, even without great heroical fortitude
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or supereminent talents, may practise. It requires not the zeal of a missionary, or the courage of a martyr; and it, moreover, possesses this advantage, that, as soon as we begin to exercise it, we are sensible of its advantages.

Let him who is inclined to arraign the bounty or the justice of Providence, recollect the ten thousand mercies that he daily receives; let him reflect, that were it not for the gracious promise, that whatever may be the sins of the world, yet, *' while the earth remaineth, seed-time and harvest, and cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease," " the fruitful land might have been made barren for the wickedness of them that dwell therein." Let him ask himself, whether he has been aa mindful of his baptismal covenant as God p6

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kas been of the promises which he has, from time to time, made to man. Let him ask himself, which of God's mercies lie can claim as his right, or which of them he Would consent to relinquish as needless to him.

Before he repines that more is not given him, let him learn to appreciate tliat which he has, and be thankful. " Look at the generations of old, and see, did ever any trust in the Lord, and was confounded ? or did any abide in his fear, and was forsaken? or whom did he ever despise that called upon him .

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