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and makes the soul ready to give up with them at
God's call. 12. Grace weans the foul from the foulsome breasts of fin; so that it loaths that which it loved before. The soul in its natural state is like Israel, Ezek. xvi. 4. “ Not cut, neither washed in water to supple them ; not falted at all, nor swaddled at all.” They had lain long in the foul womb of Egypt, and after they came out, they were still fucking in the Egyptian manners, customs, and abominable couries. Thus men fuck the breasts of fin; they seek fatisfaction in those things which they ought not so much as desire; they greedily drink of what God forbids them to taste; they are as fond of their fins as a child is of the breast, their hearts are averse to part with their finful courses. There is a sweetness in these to their corrupt hearts, which they cannot want. For, let a man go the round of all created lawful gratifications in the world, and squeeze the fap out of them all to satisfy his heart, they are so empty, that he will break over the hedge, to try if forbidden fruits will make up the want which allowed fruits cannot do. But grace weans the heart from these breasts. It makes the person say, “ That which I see not, teach thou me : if I have done iniquity, I will do so no more,” Job, xxxiv. 32.
II. How is the foul weaned from these things ?
1. Grace lays gall and wormwood upon these breasts, and so embitters them to the soul that it is made willing to give over fucking them. The heart is made loth to part with them; and though it is often about to give up with them, yet it still goes back again, hoping to suck sweeter than before; but still the gall and wormwood lies there, and more and more is laid on till the heart be ac
tually weaned. The way is hedged up with thorns. Hence, “ the shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them : then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then it was better with me than now," Hof. ii. 6. 7. Now, there are two things that serve to embitter these breasts. (1.) Continual disappointments from them. Though the man is always seeking fatisfaction from them, he can never get it. Like the prodigal, Luke, xv. 16. “ He would fain fill his belly with the husks that the swine did eat, and no man gave unto him.” The man is like one in a mist : He sees something, and it appears a house ; he comes to it, and it is but a stone. His hope rises again on another view, comes forward to it, and it is but a bush. They fall always short of expectation, and his mus biarinig nopes are biasta ed. When he is going to take in the most pleafant fruit, Providence makes it even fall between the hand and the mouth, Hof. ix. 2. « The floor and the wine-press shall not feed them, and the -new wine shall fail in her.” Let him make his bed where he will, there is always a thorn in it. (2.) Severe wounds arise from them. The man leans with great delight on the broken reed; and ere he is aware, it pierceth through his hand. He fucks eagerly at the breast, and, instead of milk, wrings out blood. When striking the rock for water, instead of it, fire flashes out in his face. Perhaps from the very thing from which he expected his greatest comfort, arifes his greatest cross. Rachel must have children, else she dies : She gets them, and dies bringing them forth. But all this will not wean the soul; therefore, .
2. The Lord fills the soul with better things : “Open thy mouth wide," says God, and I will hill
· it," it,” Pfal. lxxxi. 10. If the nurse take away the breast, she will not put an empty spoon into the child's mouth. The soul of man is an empty wavering thing, must always have something to feed on; and will hold what it has as good for it, till it get what it counts better. The man will not quit hold of the world and his lusts, till he open his hand to take hold of Christ and all the benefits of the everlasting covenant in their stead. Therefore, the great transaction of the soul with Christ is called buying of him, in which if a man gives. away his money, he gives it not but for as good, or better. Thus grace weans the soul : For, faith Jesus, John, iv. 14. “ Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst; but the water I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water, springing up into everlasting life.” Hence, two things are evident.. (1.) That only the enjoyment of God can wean the soul, and the soul will never be at rest till it rest in God. The heart. of man must have a match, and will be ranging. through the world for a match, till it meet with. Christ, who is the pearl of great price; and to gain this, quits with all. The foul of man will be a restless night-walker till the day of grace dawn, and discover Jesus the Plant of Renown. If they cannot work themselves happy, they will try to dream themselves happy, and prepare themselves a feast of a thousand airy nothings; pofsessions of the heart, though not of the hand. (2.) That the soul will never be Loasted away from these breasts. The very dung, and asses heads, will be precious, in Samaria when there is no bread. Who is there that has not a rational conviction of the world's vanity ? yet men throng into the house craving a fill. Why is it that men so often seem to give up with it, and in very deed have satisfaction in non
thing, and yet go just back to the same door, where they have got a thousand nay-says, and seemed to have got their last answer? Why, truly the devil is gone out of the house, but it is empty, it is not filled from heaven, and it must not stand empty ; therefore, he returns with seven fpirits worse than himself.-I shall now inquire,
III. What are the effects of a weaned difpofition of foul ?
The foul is weaned at its first conversion to God. Then it is taken off the breasts; but it is hard work, and tedious. The foul is never perfectly weaned till death. As there is an uneasiness and fretfulness in new wéaned children, till thoroughly weaned, so is there in the case of the children of God while here. Hence it is said to them, Psal. xlv. 10. “ Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear: forget also thine own people, and thy father's house." So the effects of this disposition are more or less strong, as fouls are more or less thoroughly weaned.--I shall notice some of these effects.
1. The weaned soul is a resigned soul : « If any man,” said Jefus, Matth. xvi. 24. “ will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” When the soul is weaned, the long war betwixt our own will and the will of God is at an end, and our will runs captive after the wheels of the Lord's triumphant chariot. The will of the weaned soul is moulded, (1.) To the will of God's commandments. The stony heart is broken, yea, melted down, to receive the impreffion of whatever is God's will for our duty. Its language is, “ Lord, what wilt thou have me to do ?" No right hand, or right eye, more to be (pared. They esteem all God's precepts concern
ing all things to be right, and they hate every false way, Psal. cxix. 128. All carnal reasonings, in favour of lusts, must yield to the great authority of the Lawgiver. (2.) To the will of his providence. It will no more rally its forces, to decide the question, whether God's will or their will shall carry it as to their lot; but as the weaned child is at the nurse's disposal, fo will they be at God's. If that which is crooked cannot be made straight, they will comply with it as it is. If their lot cannot be brought up to their mind, their mind shall be brought down to their lot. Like Paul, « they learn in whatsoever ftate they are, therewith ta be content,” Phil. iv. 11.
2. The weaned soul is chearful, and not fretful, in its resignation. He says, not only just, but “ Good is the will of the Lord,” Isa. xxxix. 8. It makes a man carry Christ's yoke evenly; for, to go drosping under it, is a sign of a heart not right weaned. What God does is not only well done, but beft done; fo says the weaned soul.
3. The weaned foul stands on other grounds, when created comforts are with him, and even when created streams are running full : He draws his support in both cases from God as the fountain, Such fay, like Hannah, i Sam. ii. 1. « My heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lord;” and with David, Pfal. xviii. 46. “ The Lord liveth, and blessed be my rock: and let the God of my falvation be exalted.” The world's good things shall not be their good things. They will love them as a friend, but not be wedded to them as a husband. They will use them as a staff, but not build upon them as a pillar.
4. The weaned foul will stand without them when these are gone, for they were not the prope on which his house reited. Such a squl can adopt