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    MEDITATION VIII.   Table of Contents     MEDITATION X.

Stewart, Maria.



I have been impressed in my mind, my unconverted friends, with the awful idea that God is about to execute upon us the fierceness of his

anger, and to pour forth heavy judgements upon this people. And why? Because your sins have reached unto heaven, and your iniquities unto the clouds. God has been calling you these many years to repentance, by his loving kindness and tender mercies; and Christ has been knocking at the door of your hearts for admittance, until his locks have become wet with the news of heaven. Nay, even more; he hath chastened you with the rod of his wrath, and hath deprived you of your kindred and friends; he hath sent death and pestilence among you, and many have become widows, and their children fatherless; and still you go on unconcerned as though all were well, saying with proud Pharaoh, Who is that Lord, that we should obey him?' You have closed your eyes against the light; you have stopped your ears against the truth; and you have hardened your hearts against the calls and invitations of mercy; and I am fearful that the queen of the south will arise in judgement against this generation, and condemn--if for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear of the wisdom of Solomon--and behold a greater than Solomon is here. I am fearful that the men of Ninth will rise in judgement against this generation and concern it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold a greater than Jonah is here. O, you that sit under the gospel's joyful sound, from Sabbath to Sabbath, and you that neglect the means of grace, who know your Lord's will, and obey it not! O, you that are exalted to heaven in point of privileges, shall
be thrust down to hell; for if the mighty work that have been done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, it would have remained unto this day. Wherefore I beseech you, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to repent and quickly put away from among you the evil of your doings, and turn unto the Lord your God with weeping, with mourning, and with fasting. It may be he will repent himself of the evil that he hath determined against you: Jest if ye continue to rebel against the word of the Lord, he will arise in his wrath and say,--Because I have called, and ye have refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; I will laugh at your calamities, and mock when your fear cometh; when your fear cometh as a whirlwind, and distress and anguish shall come upon you; then shall ye call, and I will not answer; ye shall speech me carry, but ye shall not find me. And O, my Christian friends, you who have been the professed followers of Christ from ten to twenty years, bear with my plainness of speech, I be speech you, and permit me to ask you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, where are the fruits of righteousness that you have brought forth? Where are the souls that have been converted to God through your instrumentality? Where are the men that will give glory to God on account of your good works? Where are those among you that will boldly vindicate the cause of Jesus and him crucified? They that turn many to righteousness shall shine in the kingdom of heaven as the stars forever and ever; while the slothful and negligent shall be
foot, and cast in outer darkness, where there are weeping and waiting and gnashing of teeth. O, my Christian friends, if we are ever so happy as just to enter within the gates of the holy city -- if it were possible, I say-- we should mourn throughout the boundless ages of eternity, for having done so little to promote the cause of Christ and the good of souls.

Broad is the road that leads to death,
And thousands walk together there;
But wisdom shows a narrow path,
With here and there a traveller.

Yes. Glory be to God in the highest, there is here and there a faithful one, who is travelling towards Mount Zion, the city of our God.

    MEDITATION VIII.   Table of Contents     MEDITATION X.