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if there be a futuref state of retribution , it is desirable th $ t men should believe it , and act upon it . Faith introduces the mind to a fund of the ihost delightful entertainment : it leads it to enjoy prosperity with innocence
and thankfulness j to look hack on the history of mankind as appointed by God for good ; and to contemplate the world as erected by the Deity as an eterriar monument of his grfeatness and goodness , las a vessel directed by the best of pilots , as k well-governed coiftmunity urider the best of kings * The event ' s of Joseph's life were remarkably illustrative of the Divine
Providence : the envy of his brothers , his farther ' s partiality and sorrow for his supposed death , and his own imprisonment , the consequence of pure iiitegrity , were instrumental in Taising him to a prosperous station , and in putting it into his power to forgive and bless his brethren , dhd to settle them in the land o £
Egypt , till God pleased to deliver thfem from oppression , -and to render them the medium of his communications to mankind ^ as well of the Mosaic system ^ as of the everlasting GospeL Thus ths virtuous may learn t 6 think with tranquillity ondeath ^ as the gate to eternal happiness and glory . Thus faith reconciles the mihds of the good , not only to calamity and affliction * but to mortality itself *
Such is the general tenour of setititxieht in the discourses on the nature , reasonableness , and importance of faith , ai the beginning of this excellent vblume . It seems to have beeii the author ' s custom to pursue a train of thought through several sermons . Hence at a time of great affliction , after experiencing many worldly losses * the death of two infants and of a beloved wife , who left six young children behind her , Mr * Cappe preached three sermons from the apostle ' s words , PhH . 4 . 6 ;
" Be careful for nothing , but by prayer and supplidatioh with thanksgiving , let your requests be made known unto God . MtjJhv ( j&QiiAvofle , perhaps should not have been rendered bz careful Jar nothing , but be not too anxious or troubled about anything . Man is allowed to forecast futurity : he can scarcely help prying into it ; it is his duty to provide for what will
probably happen . If he would attain any desirable object , he must be careful , yet he need not be so to that degree , as by attention to inferior objects , to neglect what is more important , or to distrust the Divine Providence . Only those cares are forbidden which create imaginary evils , antedate sorrbws , overlook
mercies , look on the dark side only , lead to murximnngj complaint , produce ingratitude and impatience * and prevent ^ he discharge of moral or rfeligious duty ; only those carts are forbidden which discourage prayer and supplication , and an £ fatal to virtue atxd piety ^ Such cares cannot do any good ; thejf
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1806, page 33, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1720/page/33/