“Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things” (Deu 28:47-48). These words of Moses to rebellious Israel emphatically describe the former and the present state of many nations who have been spoiled, insulted, and glad if they could escape (great numbers could not so escape) with the loss of their all, and at the peril of their lives, to a more hospitable shore. May their sufferings remind us of our deserts! Who can tell if the Lord may yet be merciful unto us, and exempt us from similar calamities!
IV. Our Only Sure Resource
But though we have much cause to mourn for our sins, and humbly to deprecate deserved judgments, let us not despond. The Lord our God is a merciful God! Who can tell but He may repent, and turn from the fierceness of His anger, that we perish not. If the professed business of this day be not confined to a day, but if, by His blessing, it may produce repentance not to be repented of, then I am warranted to tell you from His Word that there is yet hope. You that tremble for the ark and the cause of God, whose eyes affect your hearts, who grieve for sin and for the miseries which sin has multiplied upon the earth—take courage! Let the hearts of the wicked shake like the leaves of the trees when agitated by a storm; but be not you like them. The Lord God is your refuge and strength, your resting place, and your hiding place; under the shadow of His wings you shall be safe (Psa 46:1; 119:114; 36:7).