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in the heart drive the swine of this world into the sea of perdition ; nay, turn the soul itself into a very sea, that cannot rest : Ifa. lvii. 20. “ The wicked are like the troubled fea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.” They lahour like madmen for fatisfaction to them, and no calm, no rest, till the soul come to Christ.
1. They labour hard in the lufts of profit : 1 John, ii. 16. “ For all that is in the world, the luit of the flesh, the luft of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” The profits of the world are the cisterns they squeeze for fatisfaction ; they bewitch the hearts of them that have them, and of them that want them; they fly after them with that pains and labour the ravenous bird doth after its prey: Prov. xxiii. 5. “ Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not ? for riches take to themselves wings, they fly away, as an eagle towards heaven.” The strength of men's desires, and the cream of their affections, are spent on them; their happiness depends upon its smiles, their misery upon its frowns; if gone, their god is gone. Hence is that verified, Hab. ii. 13.“
“ They labour in the very fire, and weary themselves for very vanity," like a poor fool running to catch a fhadow. They have hard labour in lawful profits, how to get them, and how to keep them, but hardest of all, how to squeeze satisfaction out of them; there they labour in the very fire; they labour also in unlaw.ful profits. The soul is an empty thing; lusts are ill to guide ; confcience must make a stretch now and then, for the satisfaction of lusts; and the man will leap over the hedge, though the serpent will bite him : 1 Tim. vi. 9. 10. “ But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lufts, which drown
men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money
is the root of all evil.” Hence the carI
may say, never gets up his back, but on his belly doth he go, and labours, as if he were a llave condemned to the mines, to dig in the bowels of the earth ; like the blind moles, his conftant labour is in the earth, and he never opens his eyes till he is dying. He has his lade of thick clay upon his back, Hab. ii. 6. as the fruit of his labouring in the fire. There is thus a labouring and heavy-laden party. Others take the world in their hand as a staff, nay, tread on it as the dirt, and they get it as a burden on their back, while guilt, many times contracted in the getting of it, whether by oppression, cheatery, or neglecting of the soul for it, is like a fore back under the load, that makes them ready in despair to throw it away, but they know not how to tublist without it.
2. They labour in lusts of pleasure ; they go about as the bee, extracting the sweet out of the creatures for their own satisfaction; this and the former usually go together. Profits and pleasures are the world's two great baits, at which all natural men are constantly leaping, till they are caught by the hook, and flung out into the fire of wrath : Prov. ix.
" Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he kuoweth not that the dead are there, and that her guests are in the depths of hell." Pleasure is a neceffary ingredient in happiness, and man cannot but seek it; hence God proposeth it to men in himtelf, who is the fountain of all sweetness : Pfal. xvi. 11. “ Thou wilt shew me the path of life, in thy presence there is fulness of joy, at thy right-hand there are pleasures for evermore." But blind man makes the creature-sweetness his idol, and puts it in the room of God; for “ they
are lovers of pleasures, (in this sense), more than lovers of God," 2 Tim. ii. 4: It is no fault to feek our profit; for, Heb. xi. 26. “ We are to have respect unto the recompence of the reward.” Nor to seek what may be sweet to the soul; for we may wish our fouls to be “ satisfied with marrow and fatness," Psal. lxiii. 5. But the natural man's misery and fin both is, he forsakes God, and fastens
on the breasts of the creatures for these things. :. Now, there are two breasts' of the creatures at which men may be fucking...
(1.) The breast of lawful comforts. Natural men fall on these, instead of the breasts of God's consolations, and labour, though in vain, to squeeze happiness and satisfaction out of them, and that with the greatest eagerness. They are lawful in. themselves, but they often press so hard, that they draw out blood instead of milk from them; and are like men working at a flinty rock, to bring out water, instead of which they get fire flaihing in, their face, as in that case, Judges, ix. 15. when. “ fire came out of the bramble to devour the ce.. dars of Lebanon.”—There is, . (2.) The breast of unlawful comforts, Prov. ix. 17. “ Stolen waters are sweet.” Many seek their satisfaction in those things which they ought not so much as fo desire, and fill themselves with what God forbids them so much as to taste. O! the misery of Christless finners, to whom both lawful and unlawful comforts. are effectual frares for ruin. Like mad beasts, if they abide within the hedge, they tear up all to the red earth, which doth not yet fatisfy. But they most usually break over ail hedges ; and they do so, because the creature can never fully answer the craving desires and hungry appetite, and yet, after all, they will not come to Christ, that they may have rest.
These breasts of the creatures have many springs, divers lufts and pleasures, Titus, iii. 3, and these are served; men must labour in them as a servant at his master's work. I shall reduce them to these two heads, mentioned Eph. ii. 3. the desires of the flesh and of the mind...
11t, They labour for satisfaction and happiness in the pleasures of the flesh. And,-1. In sensuality. This was the door man first went to, after he had left God. And since the world was turned up side down by that means, the soul has lain downmost, and the flesh uppermost, so that they are all sensual, as Jude fays, ver. 19. that have not the Spirit; and the soul is made drudge of the body. The belly is a god, and the pleasures of the flesh are squeezed, for satisfaction, all the senses are set a-working for it, and yet can never do enough: Eccles. vi. 7. “ All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled." Many arts and trades are found out to bring this to perfection, though all in vain, and there is no end of these things, which are of no use but to please the flesh, which, like the grave, never says it has enough.-2. Ease, sloth, and quiet, which is a negative kind of sensuality: Luke, xii. 19. "The rich man said, Thou hast goods laid up for many years, soul, take thine ease.” All to please the Aesh. This costs hard labour many times to the soul, many a throw conscience gets for the sake of this idol, what by neglect of duties, what by going over the belly of light to fhun what is grieving to the flesh, as if men's happiness consisted in the quiet enjoyment of themselves.-They labour for satisfaction, .
2dly, In the desires of the mind, and pleasures there. of. These, if they terminated on right objects, and were fought in a right manner, itwould be well, for our true happiness consists in the souls enjoyment
of God; but in the natural man all is in confusion. And,-1. There is much labour in seeking happinefs in the pleasures of the judgement. This is the snare of thinking graceless men ; this was among the first doors men went to when they turned from God : Gen. iii. 5. “ Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” And there is hard labour without a figure, for the punishment of that : Ecclef. i. 13. “ And I gave my hea · to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven ; this lore travail God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith”. And what comes it to at length ? to no rest ; for, ver. 18. “ In much wisdom there is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge, increaseth forrow.” Here is fulfilled, Eccles. x. 15. “ The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city." Whereas, would they go to Christ, they would be in a fair way to get what they are seeking; for, John xvii. 3. “ This is life eternal, that they might know thee the true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." « In whom are hid, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge," Col ii. 3. There is labour,-2. In pleasures of the fancy. What else are all the lusts of the eye ? all the abundance of the riches for which men labour so much? Eccles. v. 11. “ When goods increase, they are increased that eat them ; and what good is there to the owner thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes ? all they can think or say is, These are mine." What is honour, credit, and the like, but a tickling of our fancy, with the fancies of others about us, adding nothing to real worth ? And how busy is the foul oftentimes in that, Eccles. yi. 9. “ Better is the light of the eyes, than the wandering of the