TIME AND ETERNITY
Time how short! Eternity how long! Life how precarious and vanishing! Death how certain! The pursuits and employments of this present life how vain, unsatisfying, trifling and vexatious! God’s favour and eternal life how unspeakably precious! His wrath, the never-quenched fire, the never-dying worm, how dreadful! Oh, trifle not away the span of life, in heaping up riches, which profit not in the day of wrath; in such pleasures and amusements as will issue in eternal torments, or in seeking that glory which shall be swallowed up in everlasting infamy. It is good to redeem precious time, to labour for the meat that endureth unto everlasting life, and to attend principally to the one thing needful. Take but thy measure of truth as well as thy duty from the Word of God; be willing to be taught of God; meditate on His Word day and night; let it be ‘the light of thy feet, and the lantern of thy paths’; and in studying it, lean not to thy own understanding’. Trust not implicitly to expositors and commentators, but ask wisdom and teaching of God. Be not a Felix, saying to thy serious apprehensions about thy soul, Go thy way at this time, when I have a convenient season I will call for thee’, lest death and judgement come before that season.