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and other subordinate agents to work his will and accomplista luis wise and gracious purposes. Now, it is this special aud peculiar care of his people that I propose to describe.
And here it may be observed,
1. That his peculiar care of his people is constant, without the least intermission or interruption. He keeps his eye and his heart constantly fixed upon thein. He attends to all their external circumstances and internal feelings. He regards them in prosperity and adversity, in joy and sorrow, in hope and fear. ile counts their tears, their sighs, and groans; and as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth his people. He never leaves, nor forgets, nor forsakes them. Speaking of his vineyard, he declares, “I the Lord do keep it: I will water it every moment : lest any burt it, I will keep it night and day.” David says, “ Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee froni evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even forever more. And again he says, “ As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even forever.' Though the people of Gud sometimes take care of one another, yet their care is inconstant and necessarily interrupted, and though angels take care of the heirs of salvation, yet they are liable to be interrupted. But God is omniscient. He can see all thivgs, with one intentive, comprehensive, and unintermitting view. He does, therefore, with infinite ease and intinitc pleasure, take care of all his people, at all times and under all circumstances. This was intimated to Jacob by the continual . intercourse between heaven and earth, and the continual ascending and descending of the angels upon the ladder which he saw. The constancy of God's care of his people, is a must consoling thought, and adapted to give them that trust and confidence in divine providence, which they constantly need to exercise.
2. God's care of his people is particular, as well as constant. He not only takes a constant care of all bis people, who are scattered over various parts of the earth ; but he also takes a particular care of every individual person. Though some have denied the particularity of divine providence, and maintained only a general providence; we have abundant evidence, both froin reason and scripture, that God does exercise a particular, as well as general providence. We cannot conceive it to be possible, that God should exercise a general providence, without a particular care of individuals. " In order to preserve the whole of his people, he must preseive each individual, and in order to provide for the good of the whole, he must provide for the good of individuals, who compose that whole. But we have no occasion to reason upon this subject, because God has plainly revealed his particular providence in his word. David
believed that God took a particular care of him and of erery one of his people; and he expatiates upon the particularity of divine providence with peculiar pleasure and pertinence. * He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighiiy. I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge and my fortress ; my God; in loim will I trust. Surely he sliall deliver ihee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome postilence, ile shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the destruction that wasteth at noon-day. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee: only with thine eyes shalt thou behold, and see the reward of the wicked.” Our Saviour taught his disciples to derive consolation from the particularity of divine providence. “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing! and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very bairs of your head are all nuinbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." • Though there may be thousands and even inillions of God's
people on the earth at the same time, yet he takes a particular care of each individual, and as much care of each as if he attended to him alone. There is nothing incredible, though there be something astonishing in the universality and particularity of divine providence. For there is nothing so small as to escape the notice of an omniscient eye. God constantly sees all, and each individual of his people with equal plainness. And as he constantly sees each individual of his people, so he constantly takes particular care of every individual. He paid particular attention to the peculiar circumstances and to the particular feelings of Jacob. And he pays as particular attention to the circumstances and feelings of every one of the seed of Jacob.
3. God's care of his people is not only constant and particular but effectual. He does not stand a mere idle spectator of their circumstances, but exerts his own agency, and the agency of his creatures for their benefit. If they are in danger, he guards them ; if they are in distress, he relieves them ; if they are in want, he supplies their wants; if they are sinking in despondency, he raises them up and comforts their hearts by his gracious influences. This effectual care was intimated to Jacob in his dreams when he saw the angels ascending and de. scending on the ladder, which reached from heaven to earth. God thereby signified to him, that he would exert not only his own power, but the power and agency of angels for his guidance and protection. The scripture abounds with striking instances of God's effectual care of his people, both in general and in particular. He took eflectual care of Abraham, while travelling from place to place, among strangers and enemies. He took effectual care of Isaac, when bound and laid upon the
altar, and exposed to instant death. He took effectual care of Moses, and employed proper agents to preserve his life, and train hin up for the most signal services. He commanded the ravens to feed Elijah, and restrained the lions from destroying Daniel. But his long and effectual care of Jacob deserves the most particular notice. When he was going to Padanaram, God appeared to him in a dream to comfort him. When he arrived to his friend's house, Gud took effectual cure of his interesi, and made him rich. When he was returning bone to his native place, exposed to enemies behind and before him, God first sent his angels to guard him. We are told “ Jacob went on his way, and ihe angels of God met him. And when Jacob saw them, he said, this is God's host; and he called the name of the place Mahanaim.” After this, be approached his brother Esau, who was coming to meet him with four hundred men, on purpose to wreak his vengeance upon him, for taking away his birth-right. Then God sent his Son, the the angel of the covenant, to protect him and melt the heart of Esau into love and tenderness. In the course of a few years another calamity fell upon Jacob. There was a famine in the land, and he and his family were exposed to perish by it. But God sent Joseph bis darling son into Egypt to preserve him, his household, and a whole nation from famishing.
Such eflectual care God look of Jacob through the whole course of his life. Nor did God neglect to take effectual care of his pos. terity. When a new king arose, who knew not Joseph, and subjected them to hard and cruel bondage, God sent Moses and Aarop to deliver them, and by a long series of miracles, carried them through hosts of enemies, and ten thousand dangers, to the land of promise. And so long as they continued his peculiar people, he never withheld from them his effectual care and protection. Though God has long since rejected the Jews, yet he still has a people in the world, of whom he takes effectual care at all times, in all places, and under all circumstances. Though they are now scattered over almost every part of the earth; yet he employs angels and men, and a vast variety of means for their protection and benefit. He keeps the whole creation in motion and action, and overturns nations and kingdoms for the enlargement and prosperity of his people. Though God does not pow, as he formerly did, work miracles in his people's favor, yet be exerts as much power and wisdom, and employs as many angels and subordinate agents as he ever did, to increase their number, multiply their privileges and guard them against their visible and invisible enemies. Thus God's care of his people is as consta't, as particular, as effeclual, as they can possibly desire. He does as much himself, and employs others to do as much for their benefit as can be done. He challenges his people to say, what more he could do for them, though he continually does for them. He never forgets, forsakes or neglects them. He never omits. any opportunity, nor neglects any means of doing them good,
nor suffers any creature or object in the universe, to do them any lasting harm.
[To be concluded.)
From the New York Mirror.
ECONOMY. There is nothing which goes so far towards placing young people beyond the reach of poverty, as economy in the manageinent of their domestic affuirs. It is as much impossible to get a ship acros the Atlantic with half a dozen butts started, or as many bolt holes in her hull, as to conduct the concerns of a family without economy. It matters not whether a man furnish line or much for his family, if there is a continual leakage in the kitchen or in the parlor, it runs away, he knows not how; and that demon wasle, cries more like the horseleech's daughter, until he that provides has no more to give. It is the husband's duty to bring into the house, and it is the duty of the wife to see that nothing goes wrongfully out of it-not the least article, however unimportant in itself, for it establishes a precedent; not under any pretence, for it opens a door for ruin to stalk in, and he seldom leaves an opportunity un. improved. A man gets a wife to look after his affairs; to educate and prepare his children for a proper station in life, and not to dissipate his property. The husband's interests should be the wife's care, and her ambition should carry her no farther than his welfare and happiness together with that of her children. This should be her sole aim, and her theatre of er. ploits is in the bosom of her family, where she may do as much towards making a fortune as he possibly can do in the counting roum or work shop. It is not the money earned that makes a man wealthy ; it is what is sared from his earnings. A good and prudent husband makes deposit of the fruits of his labor with his best friend ; and if that friend be not irne to him, what has he to hope? If he dare not place confidence in the companion of his bosom. where is he to place it? A wife acts not for herself only, but she is the agent of many she loves. and she is bound to act for their good, and not for her own gratification. Her husband's good is the end at which she should airn-his approbaticn is her reward.
"IS THE EXISTENCE OF SIN DESIRABLE ?"
This, says the N. Y. Evangelist, was “the question proposed by a D. D. to a candidate for the ministry who was under examination. I do not know that there is any thing in sin, which should make it desirable, either to God or man,' was the reply."
We know nothing of the “D. D.” or the "candidate" alluded to; but we ask perinission to think, that “the reply' was a very impertinent one to a very proper question. The question, “Is the eristence of sin desirable ?” is not precisely the same as the question, “ Is sin desirable ?” But thie laller is the only question which “the reply” meets. Did not the “ candidate" know; and does not the Editor of the Evangelist know, or admit, that there is a difference between a thing in itself considered, and the same thing all things considered? And if there be a difference, why may not that be desirable, all things considered, wbich is undesirable in itself? And if so ; while sin is, confessedly, most undesirable in itself considered, why may not its eristence, all things considered, be greatly desirable, as necessary to the exercise and exhibition of both the Justice and Grace of God ?
PO E TRY.
[The following from the Taunton Reporter, is the best poetical effusion we have seen on the subject, and better than is commonly found in the corner of a newspaper. It is at once, rhyme, metre, and poetry.]
Nor mountain, nor valley, nor sea,
Has been felt by the slave and the free.
Like a giant it strides o’er the earth;
age, sex, nor birth.
That 't is chance and not heaven's decree:
It is sent as a message to thee.
Nor can life be continued at will;
The pestilence baffles bis skill..
He only who sent it can save;
He saves froin or calls to the grave.
Nor mercies nor judgments will see;
It is sent as a message to thee.