He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.—Isaiah 53.7.
In a Letter to
MRS. JEAN HAMILTON,
Dated Nov. 18th, 1685.
I. I THINK we are not yet entered our Jordan; for though we have come through a miry and thorny wilderness, yet our Jordan is before us; and it will be very deep, but it will not be very broad; when the ark of God enters it, it shall be like to drown, but it shall suddenly and admirably win to the other side.
II. I think safety shall only be to those who have their hands nearest the ark. Oh then! many a woe to the ministers and professors, whose hands have been drawn back from the work; and they, whose malice is against the burden-bearers, shall be, as it is said, Isaiah 26.11, Lord, when thy hand is lifted up, they will not see, but they shall see, and be ashamed, for their envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them.
III. I think Scotland shall be made a waste land, ere God's controversies against it be ended; he will sell the heritages of earls and lords, and others; yea, and their carcasses good cheap.
IV. I think, that the Lord, until he raise his work again, will guide and manage it, more by his providences, than by instruments, and this is that his hand alone may be seen in it, and that he may get the glory: And what way is most glorifying unto him, should it not be most pleasant and rejoicing to us?
V. I think, that when the Lord returns again, it will be with such a measure and out-pouring of his Spirit, that the remnant that shall be left, shall have a very heaven upon earth: And our land shall be made the joy of all lands.