Grace subdues and mortifies, and convictions restrain, human depravity, but in itself it is the same from generation to generation. Discontent, fondness of change, a desire of conformity to the world and of outward splendour, are natural to man, and follow him from the cradle to the grave, unless regenerated and new created by the Holy Spirit. No change of circumstances can cure these diseases;
the dissatisfaction of the present situation is impatiently felt, the comfort of some other is eagerly and ignorantly conceived, and neither the counsels of wise men, nor the testimony of God, will suppress these inordinate desires. When the mind is thus disposed, the slightest circumstance serves as a pretext for rushing upon gratification; yet a pious man would grieve to give others by his conduct even an occasion of sin.
Â—Part of Rev. T. Scott’s ‘Practical Observations’ on
I Samuel, chapter 8.