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nite Wisdom must be always perfectly in the right, and can never take wrong of imperfect Measures.
This leads me to add,
Thirdly, That we ought to wait upon God in an implicit Dependence upon his sovereign Wisdom, leaving it to him to do Things in that Season, and in that Manner which appeareth to him to be the fittest. Nothing is more unbecoming fuch Creatures as we are, than to be fretful and discontented because Things are not done in our own Way; as if we could take upon us to prescribe to infinite Wisdom, and being God's Counsellors could teach him. Our Part is wait patiently and constantly in a diligent Performance of our Duty, and in the Use of all proper Means, depending on him so to order Events in his great Wisdom, as shall be most for his Glory, and for our real Benefit. That is an excellent Advice which is given us, Prov. iii. 5. Trust in the Lord with all thine Heart, and lean not unto thine own Understanding For as yob speaks, with him is Wisdom and Strength, be bath Counsel and Understanding. Job. xii. 13. Blesed are all they that wait for him, faith the Prophet. Ifa. Xxx. 18. And again, Thou wilt keep him in perfect Peace, 5
whose Mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee. Isa. xxvi. 3. I shall conclude this Discourse with that comprehensive Doxology of the Apostle Paul, Rom. xvi. 27 To God only wise be Glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.
On the Goodness of Divine Provi
PSALM cxlv. 9.
The Lord is good to all, and his tender
Mercies are over all his Works.
HE Goodness of God is frequently
celebrated in the sacred Writings, and represented as furnishing the properest Subject for our joyful Praises and Acknowledgments. And in these Words of the Psalmist the great Extent of it is described, The Lord is good to all, and bis tender Mercies are over all bis Works. It was free and sovereign Goodness that moved him to create the World. He that made Hea
ven and Earth, and all Things that are therein, and who hath spread such Order and Beauty throughout this vast System, must be infinitely good, and kind, and beneficent. And the same Goodness which inclined him to create all these Things, will extend itself to them when created. And in this View how amiable and glorious doth he appear! We behold with Pleasure a Person of diffusive Benevolence, who delighteth in doing Good to all about him; and the more extensive his Benevolence is, the more he is the Object of our Admiration and Esteem. And from these imperfect Traces of Goodness in Creatures like ourselves, we are naturally led to the original universal Goodnefs, the supreme Benevolence. God, by implanting in us such a Sense of the Beauty, the Excellency, and Amiableness of such a Temper and Character, has taught us to raise our Affections and Views to him, the best and most excellent of Beings, in whom is Goodness without any Limitation or Defect. For what Limitation can there be to his Goodness, who is all-sufficient and self-sufficient, and who must therefore be incapable of Envy, or of any Malignity of Temper, or Narrowness of Difpofition, and can never have his Benevolence cramped or confined by partial of selfish In