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the fire of the refiner. “ The floods may rise: the floods may lift up their voices: the floods may lift up their wayes.
The waves of the sea are mighty, and rage horribly; but yet the Lord, who dwelleth on high, is mightier.”
And we may learn a lesson, too, as touching the fortunes of individuals. It is well for us to know, that a man must have his trials, that no Christian ever passed through this world without bearing his cross. I know that we are often but too apt to be all out of heart, and despondent, and very much cast down, when things are going wrong
But “why are ye so fearful” may well be said to us. Many a lesson may God deem it necessary to teach us, which can only be learnt in the school of sorrow: many a soul has been brought thereby to know its God, and to put its trust in Him, which never else would have done so. When those earthly stays on which we lean are cut away from beneath us,—when riches are taken from one, that he may learn where the true treasure is,—when friends, and those dearer than friends, are taken from another, that he
may cleave to that Almighty Friend which sticketh closer than a brother,—when pomp, and pride, and honour, and fame, are gone, and a man knows himself to be but a worm in the sight of God, vile earth and miserable, that, being humble and contrite, God may raise him to a better honour, and a nobler exaltation,-a man then will betake himself to God: out of the deep will he cry unto the Lord, who never else would have done so.
And more even than this. I believe the most earnest Christians will confess, that sorrowful times, from whatever cause, have been those, when they felt most completely their dependance upon the goodness of their God, and have known, with truer and more lively faith, the Divine power of their Almighty Saviour. So that He has indeed been a merciful Saviour, in trying them with the storms of troubles, in that thereby He has increased their love to Him, and their faith in Him, and has revealed Himself more clearly to their souls. And so, when minished and brought low, through oppression, through any plague or trouble, they at the same time have been educated, as it were, to be found
in the day of the Lord, more laudable, honourable, and glorious. For
They that go down to the sea in ships, and occupy their business in great waters;
“These men see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.
“For at His word the stormy wind ariseth, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
“ They are carried to the heaven, and down again to the deep; their soul melteth away because of the trouble.
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end.
“So when they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, He delivereth them out of their distress.
• For He maketh the storm to cease, so that the waves thereof are still.
" Then are they glad, because they are at rest: and so He bringeth them unto the haven where they would be.”
And, finally, there are deep waters through which we must all pass; there is one great storm, which we must all endure; the last of all the changes and chances of this changeful life. An overwhelming tempest to the un
godly, which shall drown them in utter destruction for ever and ever; but to the righteous, though Jesus seem to sleep, yet shall He rebuke even the fierceness of this mighty wind, and make still the raging of this most fearful sea. Life cometh to an end with all; at all events, when even is come, we must pass over unto the other side. Happy shall we be, if found among the disciples, who have Jesus with them in the boat ; for then we need not fear when the waves arise, and the floods are ready to overwhelm us. For any pains of death we shall not fall from Him. He will not forsake those, who have followed Him thus far, in this their last and greatest need. But in the thick darkness, and amid the tempestuous roar, deep calling unto deep, His Voice of power shall be heard, and then there shall be a great calm, even that eternal rest which remaineth for the people of God.
Godly sorrow worketh repentance.
[Preached at S. Giles' on October 16, 1842.]
CORINTHIANS viii. 10.
“GODLY SORROW WORKETH REPENTANCE UNTO SALVATION NOT TO BE REPENTED OF: BUT THE SORROW OF THE WORLD WORKETH DEATH."
BEFORE proceeding to the consideration of these words, it will be better to recall to your remembrance some particular circumstances in the history of the Corinthian Church.
A member of that Church had fallen into grievous sin. The sinner was not of the number of the unconverted heathen, but one who had believed the Gospel, and had been admitted into the fellowship of Christ's religion. Upon hearing of the sad event, the first direction of S. Paul is as follows: " In