And what will you do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will you flee for help?…
However wicked men may flatter themselves, or be flattered by others, God will not do it.
I. Let us notice TWO OR THREE PARTICULARS CONTAINED IN THE TEXT, before we pursue the principal inquiry.
1. The persons originally addressed were the children of Israel, a rebellious people; but the words are applicable to sinners of every description.
2. For the people of Israel "a day of visitation" was appointed, and the same may be said of us. There are days Of visitation to individuals as well as to whole nations.
II. PURSUE THE PRINCIPAL INQUIRY: "What will ye do?" etc.
1. Will you plead and expostulate with God? At a throne of grace the sinner may indeed plead with God, but what arguments will avail at the tribunal of His justice?
2. Will you attempt to resist Him!
3. Will you fly from Him! Whither?
4. Will you harden yourselves against Him; and seeing you cannot escape punishment, endeavour to support yourselves under it as well as you can; saying, with impenitent Israel, "Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it"? (Jeremiah 10:19). "Who can stand before His indignation?" (Joel 2:11; Nahum 1:2-6).
5. Will you cast yourselves at His feet, and adopt the humble and submissive language of David: "If He say, I have no delight in thee, here am I; let Him do to me as seemeth good in His sight"? This certainly would be highly proper, before the decree is gone forth, and such humiliation would be accepted; but it cannot be done afterwards, or if done, it would not avail Propose then to yourselves another question: What shall I do before this day of visitation come, that I may avoid the tremendous consequences?
(B. Beddome, M. A.)
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