Isaiah 32* Times of peace and happiness. (1-8) An interval of trouble,yet comfort and blessings in the end. (9-20)1-8 Christ our righteous King, and his true disciples, areevidently here intended. The consolations and graces of hisSpirit are as rivers of water in this dry land; and as theoverhanging rock affords refreshing shade and shelter to theweary traveller in the desert, so his power, truth, and love,yield the believer the only real protection and refreshment inthe weary land through which he journeys to heaven. Christ borethe storm himself, to keep it off from us. To him let thetrembling sinner flee for refuge; for he alone can protect andrefresh us in every trial. See what pains sinners take in sin;they labour at it, their hearts are intent upon it, and with artthey work iniquity; but this is our comfort, that they can do nomore mischief than God permits. Let us seek to have our heartsmore freed from selfishness. The liberal soul devises liberalthings concerning God, and desires that He will grant wisdom andprudence, the comforts of his presence, the influence of hisSpirit, and in due time the enjoyment of his glory. 9-20 When there was so much provocation given to the holy God,bad times might be expected. Alas! how many careless ones thereare, who support self-indulgence by shameful niggardliness! Wedeserve to be deprived of the supports of life, when we makethem the food of lusts. Let such tremble and be troubled.Blessed times shall be brought in by the pouring out of theSpirit from on high; then, and not till then, there will be goodtimes. The present state of the Jews shall continue until a moreabundant pouring out of the Spirit from on high. Peace andquietness shall be found in the way and work of righteousness.True satisfaction is to be had only in true religion. And realholiness is real happiness now, and shall be perfect happiness,that is, perfect holiness for ever. The good seed of the wordshall be sown in all places, and be watered by Divine grace; andlaborious, patient labourers shall be sent forth into God'shusbandry.
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