Life eternall or, A treatise of the knowledge of the divine essence and attributes Delivered in XVIII. sermons. By the late faithfull and worthy minister of Iesus Christ, Iohn Preston, D. in Divinity, chaplaine in ordinary to his Majestie, master of Emmanuel Colledge in Cambridge, and sometimes preacher of Lincolns Inne.
Preston, John, 1587-1628., Ball, Thomas, 1589 or 90-1659., Goodwin, Thomas, 1600-1680.
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EXOD. 3.13, 14.

And Moses said unto God, Behold when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, the God of your fathers hath sent mee unto you, and they shall say unto me, what is his name; what shall I say unto them?

And God said unto Moses, I AM, THAT I AM, &c.

[Answ.] IF you aske the question, [Quest.] How a man shall come to this greatnesse of mind, what rise it hath from the great∣nesse of God?* I answer.

First, it ariseth thus from it. When a man considers that GOD is so exceeding great, and that hee Page  138 hath interest in him, that will make him to de∣spise all other things, as small things in compa∣rison of him. Indeed, if GOD was great, and we had no interest in him, then there was no cause why wee should take to our selves this magnanimity upon any such ground: but seeing that he is so great, and that his greatnes shall be improved to our advantage, what addition can any thing else make unto us? You shall see that Paul raised his heart upon this ground: Phil. 3.8. considering the priviledges that hee had in Christ, this makes him to account other things as nothing. Hence in Iames 1.10. Let him that is of a high degree, rejoyce in that hee is made low: that is, let him rejoyce that hee is inabled to looke upon his riches which he did so high∣ly magnifie before, to thinke them as nothing, but as fading flowers; let him rejoyce in it, because now he is made a greater man, because he seemes too bigge for them; they are no such things, as before he thought them to be: not that they are made lesse, but because he is exal∣ted and lifted above them.

[ 2] Secondly, so likewise there is a rise for it in this regard, because he is able to defend us, and protect us, and beare us out against all opposi∣tion. You see that men looke great, because they have got great men or Princes to beare themselves upon. But when men consider that they have the great God on their side, to beare themselves upon, why should not they have great mindes? Thus Moses, Hebr. 11. regarded Page  139 not the wrath of the King, because hee did see that GOD that was invisible: that is, when he considered GOD in his greatnesse, the King and his wrath were nothing to him. So that the way to get this magnanimity, is, to beleeve that GOD is our GOD: and according to the great∣nesse of a mans faith, such will be this greatnes and magnanimity of minde that we commend to you. Saul, when he was a King, had a new heart, and a new spirit, because when he beleeved in ear∣nest that he was a King, he looked upon things after another manner; he had other thoughts and other affections than he had before: and so would any man else, if he were advanced from a meane estate to a kingdome. And, if we did beleeve that wee were the sonnes of the great God of heaven and earth, wee would have great mindes; therefore the stronger our faith is, the greater our minde is. Onely this is to be added; that this faith must not be in the habit onely in thee, but it must bee exercised and renewed continually: there must not be onely 〈 in non-Latin alphabet 〉, but 〈 in non-Latin alphabet 〉, the actuall use of it. And were that which GOD said to Abraham, (I am thy excee∣ding great reward,) were this beheld of any of us, that GOD is so great, and that this greatnesse is our exceeding great reward, then all other re∣wards would seeme but small things. You shall see what David did upon this ground, in Psal. 27.1. The Lord is my light, and my salvation, whom shall I feare? the Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? See, here are two Page  140 things: First, he considers that GOD is his; He is my salvation. Secondly, he considers the great∣nesse, and strength and power of God; and from thence he drawes this conclusion, whom shall I feare? For in thee doe I trust; that is, in this po∣wer and greatnesse of GOD, and the interest that I have in him. Psal. GOD is our refuge and strength: a very present help in trouble, There∣fore will we not feare though the earth be removed, and though the mountaines be carried into the midst of the Sea: though the waters thereof roare and bee troubled, and though the mountaines shake with the swelling thereof: that is, when GOD is seene in his greatnesse, when we looke vpon him, and beleeve him to be such a God, and that we have interest in him, in the greatest trouble and confu∣sion that can befall vs: though the earth be shaken, and the mountaines cast into the midst of the Sea, yet the minde will not be shaken, but still re∣maines the same. They beare out all, because they have a great God, to beare themselves vp∣on, who will protect and defend them vpon all occasions.

[Vse 2] If GOD be so great and infinite, (as he is) hence we should learne to feare him,* and to tremble at his word. A great and potent enemy, men will feare: therefore this is one use that we are to make of the greatnesse of GOD, that his wrath is exceeding great, and so is his goodnesse; and both are to be feared. Wee ought to feare his wrath, lest it come upon us, and his goodnesse least we loose it: for he is a great God, and his Page  141 wrath is able to crush in peices, and to consume us, as he expressed it, when hee put forth but some part of his strength, as when he consumed them with their Censers, even the company of Corah, Dathan, and Abiram. Who can dwell with everlasting burnings? as if he should say; he is a great God, who can come neere him? who can converse with him? how shall men deale with him? Some of them there made an evill use of it: but we must learne to make use of it for our owne advantage; to take heed, how we pro∣voke him: for is it a small thing to have the great God of heaven and earth our enemy? Let them consider this, that live without GOD in the world, that sinne, and will sinne, they are told of their particular faults, of their idlenesse &c. and they are so and will be so still: but let them consider that which is spoken in 1 Cor: 10.22. Doe we provoke the Lord to jealousie? Are we stronger than he? He speakes it to them that receive the Sacrament unworthily: as if hee should say; Both in this, and in all other sinnes that you doe commit, you doe, as it were, con∣tend with the great God, which is a vaine thing, if you consider his greatnesse: for are you stron∣ger then he? So Psal. 90. Who knowes the power of his wrath?

And so should we doe in regard of his good∣nesse, Hos: 3. vlt: Men shall feare his goodnesse: that is, if his goodnesse be so great and infinite, as himselfe, then the losse of it, is a losse above all things in the world. Whatsoever is precious to Page  142 us, that we feare the losse of, as our liberties and lives: and as things are more precious to us, the more we feare the losse of them. Now the goodnesse of God is greater than all other things, it is beyond all these, as having all these in it: therfore wee are to feare the losse of it as the greatest evill in the world.

Therefore if we could see the extension of his wrath and goodnesse, the losse of the one would be the greatest losse, and the other the greatest crosse; the enjoying of the one the grea∣test good, and the 〈◊〉 of the other the greatest evill in the world: and the consideration of this would helpe us to guide our hopes and feares aright: for a great cause of misleading us in our wayes, are the vaine hopes and feares that we are subject to: we feare the losse of friends, and losse of lives and liberties; but these in comparison are not to be feared. This use Christ makes of it: Feare not those that can kill the body, but feare the great God, that can destroy both body and soule. The greatnes of his wrath wee should feare as the greatest evill: and his goodnesse as the chiefest good: and our thoughts and inten∣tions being taken up about these two, it would set our hopes and feares aright; and worldly things, as credit, and profit, &c. would seeme nothing to us, and prevaile nothing with us.

[Vse 3] * If GOD be so exceeding great, then there is no love enough, no affection, no desire answe∣rable to him. If our love were perfect, yet it could not reach to him, whose greatnesse doth Page  143 farre exceede it: but being imperfect, as it is, it falls exceeding short of him. Therefore let no man feare that he can goe too farre, that there can be too much holinesse and strictnesse in our wayes: but let him remember the great GOD of heaven and earth, and what is due to him, and then thinke how farre thou fallest short of that which thou shouldest doe to him. It is an expression of CHRIST, Luke 14.26. Mat. 10.37. He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me. That which I would have observed out of these places is, He is not worthy of me: that is, if men considered my great∣nesse, and excellency, they would easily see me worthy of more love, than this of friends; and except you can doe so, except you can prize my love above these things, yea even hate them all, if they come into competition with me, you are not worthy of me. Consider therefore, how much love he is worthy of, and see if there be not reason for the commandement, where we are commanded to love the Lord with all our strength: that is, if you would love God with that love that he is worthy of, you would love God with all your strength: that is, whatsoever strength a man hath, his love should put it forth to doe service to God. If a man be rich, he is able to doe more for God than a poore man; if he be a Magistrate, he can doe more than a pri∣vate man; if he hath learning and knowledge, he hath much more strength than another: now the improvement of these to the glory of God,Page  144 this is to love him with all our strength. And if you consider how great a God he is, you will see great reason why you should love him thus with all your strength. Therefore we should check our selves when we see the dulnesse of our hearts, how ready and how apt wee are to bestow our love upon any besides him: we should observe all those riverets wherein our love goes out, and runnes to other things, and bring them backe againe into the right channell. For if you consider the greatnesse of God, you will see, that there is no love to spare.

[Object.] But may wee not love him, and love other things also?

[Answ.] You cannot with an ordinate, but with a sub∣ordinate love you may: that is, you cannot love him, and the world, for they are opposed. 1 Iohn 2.15.*Love not the world, neither the things of the world: if any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. So Iam. 4.4.*Know ye not, that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world, is an enemy to God. All our love must be bestowed upon him, as most worthy of it: there is not one particle to be bestowed upon any o∣ther thing.

But then hee gives us our love againe, and then we may disperse it here and there. As for example: he hath commanded hee to love fa∣ther and mother, and friends: and the ground that thou hast to doe it, is, because he hath com∣manded thee, and gives thee leave to it.

Page  145So he hath given thee leave to love recreati∣ons and other things that are sutable to our de∣sires, but you must remember, that the end is, that you may be made more serviceable to him, to quicken and strengthen you to doe his ser∣vice, and thus it may be bestowed upon other things.

But that which we have in hand, and com∣mend to your consideration is this: that if he be so exceeding great in goodnes, that therefore he deserves thy whole love. 1 Cor. 16.22. If any man love not the Lord Iesus Christ, let him be Ana∣thema, Maranatha. Paul comes with indigna∣tion, considering the great good that Iesus Christ had done for us: if any man love not him, he is worthy to perish, let him be accursed even to death. I say, if we consider the greatnesse that is in him, you shall see some reason for that curse, that indignation of the Apostle, where∣by hee expresseth it: and so farre as wee fall short, we should goe to Christ, and beseech him to make it up, that our defects may be supplied, and that we may be accepted in him.

[Vse 4] Againe, If he be so great, then wee should learne to reverence to him, to come before him with much feare when wee performe any duty to him.* According as a man is great, so wee feare him. This use is made of it in Mal. 1.14. Cursed be the deceiver, that hath in his flocke a male, and voweth and sacrificeth to the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the Lord of hosts; and my name is dreadfull among all Nati∣ons:Page  146 that is the reason, that the Lord there u∣seth to stirre them up, I am a great King. So that the consideration of his greatnesse should cause us to feare before him.

When hee appeared to Iacob, when hee fled from his fathers house to his uncle Laban, Gen. 28.17. Iacob saith of the place wherein God ap∣peared to him, Surely this place is exceeding feare∣full: the reason was, because God appeared there, because hee was present there, his pre∣sence strooke him with an awefull reverence, that he said, the place was exceeding fearefull. So wee should thinke of his dreadfull presence when we come before him. Eccles. 5.2. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter ony thing before God: for God is in hea∣ven, and thou on earth, therefore let thy words be few: that is, he is exceeding great, and he is in heaven, therefore learne to feare him, when you draw nigh unto him. That which may help us in this, is to consider how glorious his appa∣ritions were, when hee appeared to Moses, to the Prophets, as Eliah, and Ezekiel: and you must remember, that though you see not these apparitions, yet consider that you have the same GOD to deale withall: and though hee doth not shew it so now, yet hee is as great now as then; and so feare before him. And this is to sanctifie GOD in our hearts: that is, when wee conceive of him as he is, and doe accordingly feare, when wee come before him. And thus much in generall of this Attribute.

Page  147Now this greatnesse of God is seene in foure particulars.

[ 1] First, In the Infinitenesse of his presence.

[ 2] Secondly, In the Infinitenesse of his power, which is his Omnipotence.

[ 3] Thirdly, In the Infinitenesse of his wise∣dome.

[ 4] Fourthly, In the Absolutenesse of his will, that it is without all bounds and limits.


The Jnfinitenesse of his presence, Or, His Jmmensity.

FOr the first. The Infinitenesse his presence,* that is another At∣tribute which hee takes to himselfe in Scripture. As Ier. 23.24. Can any man hide him∣selfe in secret places, that I shall not see him, saith the Lord? Doe not I fill heaven and earth, saith the Lord? That is, he is present every where, in all the parts of heaven and earth, even as water when it fills every place, and as the light when it shines throughout the whole world: So, Doe not I fill heaven and earth, Page  148 saith the Lord? So, Eph. 4.6. One God and Fa∣ther of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. GOD fills all in all.

[Quest.] Onely this question may be asked, Whether he be without the world, as well as he is in the world? Because some have disputed it; there∣fore we will briefly answer it.

[Answ.] The Scripture is cleare in it, that he is with∣out the world: there is no limits of his essence, that wee can set downe; hee is not contained within the compasse of heaven and earth, as you shall see in 2 Chron 2.6. But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven of heavens cannot containe him? But this is but a curious questi∣on: therefore I will leave it, and will come to shew the reason of his omnipresence, why hee is immense, why he is every where, as I have done in the rest.

*1. This property or Attribute of immensity must needes be given to God, because his essence is infinite, which hath beene before proved. Now as the argument holds good, that accor∣ding to the substance of every thing, such must the quality be in things that have quantity; if the body be great, so must the quantity bee: So, if God be an infinite essence, (as he is) there is as good reason that he should have an infinite presence accompanying it, as that a great bo∣dy hath a quantity answerable to it. So that he is of an infinite being, and therefore also of an infinite presence.

*2. You see see it by experience, and cannot de∣ny Page  149 it, that his power is every where, he guides all things, he puts forth his power every where: Now in the Lord seeing there is no facultie as is in man, but whatsoever is in him, is himselfe; it cannot be, but that he himselfe must be in e∣very place where he doth any thing. The fire may heate afarre off, and so may the Sunne, give light to the whole world, and yet abide in the firmament, because it hath a quality of heat, and light: but Almighty God is most simple, there is no composition in him, no qua∣lity, no executive power, but hee is himselfe what he is, and therefore what he doth is done by himselfe immediatly, immediatione suppositi, as the Schoolemen expresse it.

Lastly, I adde,* that GOD must bee every where present, not onely within the world, but as Salomon expresseth it, The heaven of heavens cannot containe him: that is, hee is without the world as well as within it, because wee cannot deny but that hee is able to make other worlds as well as this; and then if hee should not be without the world, he should move himselfe, and change his place: and there should bee a world where hee is not present: but he is not capable of any change, of any motion or altera∣tion of place.

Onely one caution must be taken in: You see that the light is in many places throughout the world, but the presence of GOD is not like to that presence, nor the presence of any creature, because he is totally present: the creatures are Page  150 not so, but according to the parts of them, one part here, another there: but GOD being without all parts, whereso ever he is, he must be totally there. Therefore you must not conceive, God is commensurable by the place, as if he were partly here, and partly in another place, but he is every where all present. The heavens you see have a large place, but they have one part here, another there: but the Lord is totally pre∣sent, wheresoever he is present.

[Vse 1] First, If God be every where present, so that he doth not doe any thing by a mediate vertue or power,* but he doth it by the presence of his essence, hence we gather: first, that he governes the world immediately. For though there bee meanes vsed, yet hee is present with those meanes. Other Kings must needes governe by Deputies and Viceroyes; and inferiour Magi∣strates of justice, because they cannot be every where: whence it comes to passe, that Kings may be good, and yet the people may be op∣pressed by their wicked instruments. But with the Lord it is not so: but he guides immediatly, and being every where present, he needeth no Deputies, for he is not capable of information, as Kings are, but sees all with his owne eyes, and heares all with his owne eares. And a∣gaine, he useth no Deputies: for the use of De∣puties argues a defect, as the using of spectacles or crutches doth, if the eyes or legges were well and sound inough, a man would not use them; so a man would not write letters, or use Page  151 other meanes to doe his businesse, but from a defect; he is not large inough to doe his busi∣nesse immediately: But almighty God, he is eve∣ry where present, and in his governing al things are done by his owne Almighty power. Good Governours, may have wicked instruments, contrary to their mindes, which they know not of, as Ely, and Samuel had: but in GODS Government it is not so; therefore learne from hence, not to complaine of the iniquitie of the times, or the injustice of men. It is true, that a kind mother may ignorantly put her child to a wicked Nurse, that will abuse it: but GOD never puts any of his children to Nurse, but he is present with them, his government is im∣mediate. So that that which is said of David, he is a man after Gods owne heart, it may be said of every King and Governour; they doe, what God would have them to doe, though it be for evill, as his was for good, they are men after Gods owne heart. As it was in the killing of Iesus Christ, even that is said to be done by the deter∣minate Counsell of God. And therefore let no man complaine of his Governours: for God go∣vernes not by Deputies, but by himselfe. Therefore let no man say, that hee hath an evill Master or Governour, but let him acknow∣ledge, that whatsoever he hath from man, it is the worke of the Almighty God, that is every where present: it is he that disposeth of men, and puts them into such a condition; for he is the King of heaven and earth. Therefore com∣plaine Page  152 to him, and be patient, because he hath done it: doe not complaine of men, and fret against them, because the Lord is not absent in his kingdome, but is present to guide and dispose them according to his owne pleasure.

[Vse 2] Secondly, If GOD be every where present in his owne essence and person, wee should the rather choose him to be our GOD, and re∣joyce much in the amplenesse of our portion, seeing wee have such a GOD that is every where:* we can goe no whither, but he is pre∣sent with us; wee have nothing to doe a thou∣sand miles hence, but he is there, and doth our businesse for us. We seeke a multitude of friends, because one cannot doe it, because one doth one thing, and another another; one friend may be a comfort to us in one place, but if you come to another place, there you may be desti∣tute; friends cannot be every where, hence we neede many friends: but if you looke upon the Lord, and his omnipresence, all this is sup∣plied in him; hee is in every place, and hee can doe your businesses for you, though you be distant from the place, where they are to be done; and GOD is with you every where, as it was his promise to Iacob, when he went to Padan Aram, I will be with thee, saith the Lord. So he said to David; and when Ioseph went into prison, the Lord went with him. When Abra∣ham was called out of his Country, the Lord bid him to goe, I will be with thee. Beloved, when you consider this, that GOD is every where Page  153 present, and can doe every thing for you, whereby he hath the sweetnesse of a thousand friends in him, and the ability of as many; I say, when wee consider this, it should teach us not onely to be content, but to say that we de∣sire no more.

Learne therefore to studie this Attribute. The more we know him by it, the more com∣fort we gather from it. As, is it not matter of great comfort, that in all places wee should have a GOD to doe all our businesses? To which purpose is that expression in Ier. 23.23, 24. Hee is a God nigh at hand: that is, though your businesse lie in other Countries, yet I am there to doe them for you. And againe, is it not comfort to consider that hee is with your enemies (it may be) in a distance place? For you thinke, that if you were there, you would have something to prevent them. Consider that hee is there, and after another manner, than any man is: hee is present with their mindes, and knowes their counsells, and moves their hearts, and disposeth of all their counsells. As Elisha tolde the King of Arams counsell to the King of Israel, (which shewed that GOD was there.) So also hee is present with thy friends when they are absent: it may be that they forget us, yet he can stirre them up, as he did stirre up Cyrus to doe what hee did for the people of Israel. So likewise he is present with our children, when wee are with GOD, when we are gone out of this world, to provide for Page  154 them, and to bring them up. Hee is present with all our affaires, and businesses; when we are absent, and know not how things goe, we are apt to be sollicitous: but if we would con∣sider, that he is a great God, and that he is every where, this should comfort us, and stay our hearts. And therefore thinke with thy selfe, that thou hast a large portion, because thou hast the LORD. And this is the second use.

[Vse 3] Thirdly, If God be every where present, hence you may see a ground for his particular providence. It seemes something strange to men, that every small thing should be disposed of by him;* we thinke indeed that great things are: but for the least things, therein we are apt to make a doubt, and can hardly beleeve it. But this point in hand is a great confirmation of this truth. If an horse stumble by the way, wee thinke it a common accident; if a fly fall into a mans eye, or if a tile fall off from the house, or an axe head, we looke upon them as common accidents; but if we consider that he is present there, it is then an easie matter for us to beleeve, that God doth disposed all these: when the axe head falls off, it is in his hand, as before it was in the hand of the workeman. If he be present with every small creature, with every fly, with every sparrow and stone, with every motion of the creature, then all the actions that befall us, they are all his workes. In him wee live, move, and have our being: that is, hee is present with every creature. Therefore it is no difficulty to Page  155 beleeve, that hee guides the smallest thing. If an enemy hurt us, wee are to thinke, that he is but as a staffe in Gods hand, as it is said of Nebu∣chadnezzar. Every accident is but as a cup, as Christ saith of the cup that was brought to him by others, Shall not I drinke of the cup, which my Father gives me? So wee may say of every af∣fliction. The tongues of men are but scourges in his hand, hee can rule them as he pleaseth: and so wee should thinke of every action. And indeed the more wee thinke of his particular providence, the more wee conceive of his infi∣nitenesse. For why doe wee thinke men to bee present, but because they see and heare? Be∣cause they doe something? If the body be there, and the soule gone, wee say, that the man is absent: it is the action that makes them present. Therefore the Schoolemen say, that the An∣gells are said to bee present here or there, be∣cause they worke there. Therefore, I say, the more that wee can see Gods hand in every acti∣on, the more wee acknowledge his presence. Therefore we should labour to bee abundant in considering the Omnipresence of God upon all oc∣casions: as if a man bee out of the way, and one come and tells him that he is so, wee should bee ready to say, that GOD sent him. If we are in a strait, and know not what to doe, and there come one, and helps vs; wee should say that it comes from God. So did David when Abigail came and met him; he saith that the Lord sent her. 1 Sam: 25.32. And this would Page  156 easily bee beleived, if we would thinke that hee is present every where. There is no man that speakes for us or against us, that doth us either hurt or good, but GOD is present with him, and stirres him up to it, whatsoever it be. 1 Chro. 5.26. And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul King of Assyria, &c. that is, he himselfe was present with his Spirit, he stirred him up: (for the thoughts of men have their rising up, from their spirit stirring them to good or evill.) So also for their speeches: when Shimei cursed David, David saith, that it was the Lord that sent him. So the Lord is present with the creatures: it is hee that acts them, and sets them on worke to doe us any good. And this is the next vse that wee are to make of it.

[Vse 4] Fourthly, If GOD bee present every where, it should teach us patience, and meekenesse, and quietnesse of minde in all injuries and hard measure which wee suffer from men.* This vse you shall see made of it. Phil. 4.5. Let your moderation be knowne unto all men, The Lord is at hand. Iam. 5.8. Bee yee also patient, stablish your hearts; for the comming of the Lord draweth nigh. Therefore when any injury is done you, when you are oppressed by men that have power o∣ver you, yet bee quiet: for GOD sees it, and knowes it; and hee takes care for you. A man will be ready to say, shall I take this? shall I bee trampled under foot? as I shall bee, if I re∣sist them not: saith the Apostle, you neede not Page  157 to feare, for the Lord is present. We use to say, if the Magistrate be not present, we may offend another, to defend our selves; but if the Magi∣strate be present, there is no excuse: so here the Iudge stands at the doore. Servants,* if their Ma∣sters be absent, will defend themselves against their fellow-servants; but if the Master bee there, and looke on, they will let them alone, because he hath power to punish, and knowes better how to revenge them: So is it in this case; when we consider that GOD is present, and that he sees what we suffer, we should be quiet, and patient, and not onely be patient within, but let our patient mindes be knowne unto all men, that is, carry our selves so, that men may see it, and take notice of it. And if you say, that nothing is done, but hee abuseth mee more and more: I answer. Consider, it is not because the Lord is weake, and cannot helpe us; or because he is negligent, and will not doe it; no, he is present, and sees it all the while: but you must consider, that the due time is not come, therefore you must be quiet, and not tu∣multuous in your thoughts, and revengefull in your spirits, because the LORD lookes on, and will avenge you in due time. Therefore this is the thing added in Phil. 4. Because, when a man suffers any thing from another man, then he will be ready to be sollicitous, how to defend him∣selfe, and what he shall doe hereafter; saith the Apostle, Be you in nothing carefull, &c. for the LORD is at hand: that is, he doth not stand by Page  158 as a looker on, or a bare spectator, who meanes to doe nothing but see the injuries done and suffered, but he lookes on, as one that takes care for you. Therefore be you in nothing carefull: but in every thing by prayer, and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made knowne unto GOD.