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places where I record my name I will come unto thee,
and will bless thee; but it is a despising of both the means of Grace and the hope of Glory.
Remember also your Creator as to what HE HAS
PROMISED TO DO.
For the Lord is a Sun and Shield: He will give Grace and Glory, and no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. Ho! every one that thirsteth, saith He, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money. "Come, poor and unworthy as you are," as if God should say, "and I will give you my best blessings; blessings, which will cheer like Wine, and nourish like Milk. As the King of Heaven, I will give beyond all you can ask, or even think; and among these blessings I will give a new heart and a right spirit to employ and enjoy them." But remember, my Dear Children, that you must pray for these blessings: because they are freely promised to such as ask; but not to such as prove they despise them, by asking them not... Lastly, remember your Creator as to what HE
HATH DETERMINED TO DO..
He will be your Judge. There is not one of us but must stand before his bar; and who then will not feel the importance of remembering his Creator while life was granted? For the youngest Child · that reads his Bible, and learns to call things by the names that God calls them, and treats them as he treats them, such a child, I say, is already be
come truly wise, and shall be everlastingly happy. On the contrary, if a man be never so noble, or learned, or rich, yet if he does not regard what God has promised, and what he has threatened, he is but a fool in God's sight now, and must soon be so in his own sight for ever.
There was a man once, who, because he was rich, clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day, cared for none of these things which I have been speaking of. He did not remember his Creator: but He, that said, the wicked shall be turned into Hell, and all that FORGET God, soon sent him thither; and, when he lifted up his eyes in hell, being in torments, and there complained of his misery, it was said to him, "Son, REMEMBER.” -
Such a state is enough to make one tremble; and loudly speaks the importance of the text. Indeed all the wisdom of this world cannot furnish you with so perfect a maxim as that in your Bible; -Trust in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not to thine own understanding: in all thy ways acknowledge him-" Acknowledge," as one expresses it, "his Word, by consulting it: his Providence, by observing it; his Wisdom, by admiring it; his Sovereignty, by acquiescing in it; his Faithfulness, by relying on it; and his Kindness, by being thankful for it:" and he shall direct thy paths.
But, in the text, there is particular mention made of the season
II. WHEN, YOUR CREATOR SHOULD SPECIALLY
First, because Youth is the time when we are MOST CAPABLE OF RECEIVING IMPRESSIONS and forming right habits and dispositions.
You have seen a young shoot in a garden. How easily at first can it be bent and trained! But, let it grow to an old tree, and it becomes hard, stubborn, and untractable. Thus Youth is the season of growth and motion: allow me to call it the May-day of Man.-If you go abroad on this day, you will see life putting itself forth in a thousand forms in the gardens and fields around you it is also from these present appearances that we form our hopes of the Autumn. So, in youth, if the mind be not cultivated, and do not put forth blossoms of hope, we look forward to age with dismay, if not despair.
Again, Youth is the MOST DANGEROUS AND CRITICAL OF ALL SEASONS. A remembrance of its Creator is its only hope of safety.
For, to say nothing of the numbers that die in youth, there are such blights and blasts I assure you, Children, which are ready to meet the tender plant of youth, as you will scarcely believe. You also live in a time in which these blasts are more abroad than formerly. Now there is no security against these, but putting yourselves under the protection of your Creator. Your Parents
and your Ministers may teach and watch, but real safety lies in abiding under the shadow of the Almighty. Surely He only CAN deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He, and He only can cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings mayest thou safely trust: it is his truth only that can be thy shield and buckler.
To give another view:-Life is a journey through a dangerous wilderness: and, in such a journey, it will not serve us to ask any one we may chance to meet, "Which is the right way?" We need one fast friend to lead and protect us. If one of you were lost in a wood, and in danger of being starved or devoured, you would long for your Parent's own hand, and hold it fast if it were there; disregarding what strangers should say who passed by. Such an infallible friend and director you will find in your Creator. Oh, that you may be enabled to remember this!
. But, perhaps, you would be ready to say to me, "If I am liable to be misled, yet I have never thought I was in danger of being devoured." -Ah! you little suspect how little yet you really know! And this will shew the necessity of your remembering in youth your Creator's WORD. For has he not expressly said, Be sober, be vigilant ; because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour? Now,
if you knew there was a Lion in the Street waiting to destroy you as soon as you went out of these doors, what care, and what fear it would occasion! Yet, at worst, such a Lion could only destroy your body; whereas the roaring Lion, of which God warns you, is going about, seeking to destroy both your body and your soul: and if he can prevail with you to be forgetful of your Creator, he will effectually prevail. On the other hand, however this roaring Lion may go about, he shall neither destroy, nor even hurt such, as truly remember their Creator.
Further, it is MOST HONOURABLE TO GOD, when our Youth is dedicated to his service.
When he has given us his best things, should we present him with the dregs and refuse of ours? To see young Samuel, standing like a lily among thorns; saying by every word and action, "I am indeed but a child, but he will accept my feeble services. I am God's. I rejoice in being his:"to see a child thus separating himself from the ungodly children of this world, and shining as a bright star in a dark night;-Or to see one, like Timothy, learning from a child to know and honour those Scriptures which were able to make him wise unto salvation through faith that is in Christ Jesus-What an honour to God are such infant witnesses as these!-Verily, the highest grandeurs of this world are beggary when compared with this work!