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nor from the South, but from above, Psal.75.6,7. 'Tis reported of one of ihe Kings of France, that he was wont co say, that many thousands (no doubt) were born on the same day he was, yet not one of them born to be a King but himself, which he noted as a free favour of Divine Providence co bim, in that he was born to the Honour and Happinesse of a Kingdom, when at the same time, many others were born to mean conditions ; forne poffibly co beggery and want. 'Tis God alone cbat feis upone, and puls down another. He gives power, riches, and estate co one man, and sets anot ber in a mean condicion. And therefore chose vhom he is pleafed to blefte with a rightful poleßion of riches, should be exceeding thankfuli nd constantly remember who hath made themi
in this ). to differ from others. Gods impoft on Il his blessings is thankfulnesse. If we neglect o pay this impost, the commodity is forfeit. God an quickly blow upox and blast all our blessings, if e be untbankfal, as 'cis, Mal.2.2.1f ye will not hear nd if ye will not lay it to beart, to give Glory unto y Name; faith the Lord of Hosts, I will even ind a curse upon goll, and will corse your blessings, C. Yec notwithstanding, such is the baseneffe f mans Nature, that the more God gives to me, the leffe they own him ;; and if chey accaim 03 fulnesse, 'isten to one, if they do not plainly By him, and ask who is the Lord ? II. They oughc co bę exceeding humble.
Cbarge Charge them (faies the Apostle) that they be not high minded. Of most men, the Proverbis true, Their good and their blood rises together. Prosperity is to many a kind of intoxication, it makes their heads giddy. It argues a great deal of Grace, to carry a lon mind in a high condicion ; to be lifted above others in the world, and not to be fo in a mans own spirit. And yet if the marter be well considered, what little reales have rich men to be proud? Have they not al 28 stewards, and therefore should be thinking how to make their accounts, rather than prid. themselves in their receipts ?? Does not God declare himself ( very frequently in Scriptore) the proud mans professed enemy? Fam. 4.7. | He resisteth the proud, Prov. 6.16. A press look is an abomination to the Lord, And Prov. 13. Pride and arrogancy do I hate. And y. Pridegoeth before destruction. And he that has so great an enemy as God engaged aginst him, like to smart for ic co purpose.
IV. 'They oughc co be sober and temperate : the use of their estates, noe lavishing out the wealth excessively upon their backs and belie How many wich that rich man in Luke 12.12 are ready to say co themselves, Soul, thonk much goods laid up for many years, eat, dria and be merry? How many rich people live! Epicures, letting out their hearts inordise to senul dèfighes; Iudying co picale all 11
appetites ; spending their estaces in riot and lxxxgry, neither remembring the account they are to
make co God of cheir talents , nor considering that want and beggery ( by the just judgment of God) is usually heir apparent to riot and prodigality. Such persons should think what became of that Gentleman in the 16th of Luke, who was clothed with Purple, and fared deliciously every day, &c. Certainly ( as a lare Auchor faies well) One plain Coat put upon a poor mans back, will better become a wealthy man, than twenty rich ones put on his own.
V. They ought not to fqander away their precious cime in Idlenesse, and sloth, or immoderate following of recreations ; but should employ
chemselves so, as they may honour God, and be Perviceable to the world. How many are there chat verifie that vulgar definition, What is A Gentleman but his pleasure? What a sad thing is ic, that many fuck know not what to do with their time? Their hours lie upon their hands, leicher have they discretion to improve so precius a Talent. Certainly they can never want bulinefse, who are to work out their salvation, and co secure che state of their souls to all ecernicy.
confeffe indeed sometimes we may have a just itle to recreations, and moderate refrestiment, vhen we have tir'd our minds or bodies in some Foneft employment. But then we must be carefull hat our recreations have these qualificasions.
1. They must be lawful, not dashonourable to God, nor injurious to our neighbour.
2. Expedient, not such as usually minister eccasion co fin and scandal.
3. Seafonable , ac fit and convenient times, not on the Lords day.
4. Moderate, not spending too much lime up on chem. What a sad account will they give to God, who spend whole daies and nights at Cards and Dice, or other Sports; who possibly never bestow a quarter of so much time in secret opon their souls: ,' 5. The end of recreation must be only co give us a moderate' refreshment, and to fit us for bafnesse, and not to be it felf a bafineffe co us. Therefore bere two things are to be noted (15 one well advises) . We are not to use sports only to pase away, or drive away our time 1% the worlds wicked phrase is ) which we shoul. study 'to redeem, and well improve. Surely a have little reason to study waies of driving som that which flies away fofaft uf ic self, and which 'cis so impossible to recall
. -- 2. Covetoulu must have nofbing to do in them. The end of ou Recreation, Mould be meerly. co recreate es Spirits, and not to win money. They chac do jo run themselves into two great dangers: The su: of coveting and greedy deforing their brothers w ney; And how such / upon lober confideration can make their p'ace wich the tenth Comm.40
ment, I see nor. The other of rage and anger, if they happen to lose. Boch which are app co draw on other sons : Covetoufnesse will cempt co cheating and cozening: Anger cofwearing and curling, as common experience shews. And how carefull should every sincere Christian be co‘avoid the occasions and temptations leading to fin? Those that mind the salvation of their souls, will consider these things; Those that do not, i know will Night them. To conclude this Particular, Let all those whom God hath raised to wealth and riches in this world, remember what were che fors. of Sodom, that they may carefully avoid tbem. And those the Prophet tels us, Ezek. 16.49. were pride, fulnesfe of bread, and abunda ince of Idlenej, neither did they 'Arengthen she hands of the poor and needy. *} 6: 2. VI. They should take heed of trusting in heir riches, as the Apostle advisech, i Tim.6. 7. And the Psalmist ro che same purpose. If iches encrease, fer not thy heart upon them Pfal.63.10. 'Tis hard co pofles riches or eftates, nd not to confide in them. How
are there hat make Gold their confidence, as ʼcis, Fob31. 4. That chink their mountain so strong it shall ever be moved, Pfal. 49.11?'When alas !, Who knows what a day may bring forth? Prov. 7.1. Riches have wings and fie away, Prov. 3.5. And Experience of late years, hach caught that even Lands are moveables. Therefore