Gods providence, a sermon preached before the honourable House of Commons at their late solemne fast, Decemb. 28, 1642, in S. Margarets Church at Westminster by Ed. Corbett ...
Corbet, Edward, d. 1658.
3. Confide in God in the want of meanes.

It was a pious speech of Luther in an Epistle to Melancton, God is able to preserve his own cause from falling, or to raise it when it is Page  29 fallen, God is never more neere his people, than when deliverance seemes furthest off, they can be in no condition where he is at a stand and cannot help them. This war which, we think, will de∣voure us all, may be an Instrument of preservation as the whale which swallowed up Jonas,* was a meanes to bring him to the shoare. The depths of Mercy are beyond the depths of misery, and God hath his own ways of helping his Children, when all things else deny them help. The violence of the wind turn'd back the Darts of Bugenius his Armie into their own faces for the vi∣ctory of Theodosius.* A number of little fishes will come to feed the Rochellers in a hard siege. Moab and Ammon, the Enemies of Ju∣dah, shall destroy one another. So mightie is God in power, and ex∣cellent in working. Say that our sins are many and our transgres∣sions great, yet Gods mercys are more, and his glory will be greater in pardoning. No faults, can damme up the endles good∣nesse of the Almightie, we cannot offend so much as he can par∣don. Say that our enemies are many, and mightie, and cruell, yet Ahab with a few yong Men,* vanquished Benhadad's great Ar∣my, and 32 Kings with him. The Divell is stronger by Man's wickednesse than by his own power. Say what we can, and say the worst we can, that England is sore wounded, and poore Ire∣land is giving up the Ghost. Yet remember that Repentance pre∣serv'd Ninive which in 40 days was to be destroy'd,* that Fayth delivered Daniel out of the Lions mouth. That he, who will raise our bodies, can mend our worst condition. Was Abraham decei∣ved, who trusted in God for a Sonne against the course of Na∣ture? Or David, who being compassed about with the waters of affliction hoped for better times?* Or the 3 Children who beleev'd that God would deliver them out of the fiery furnace?*O Lord my God in thee have I put my trust, save me from all that persecute me and deliver me. And deliver us all he will, if we all pray unto him; for faithfull prayer is Omnipotent. And pray unto him we shall,* if we all trust in him, for trust is the roote and life of succesfull prayer: Let us all therefore Pray, and Trust, and Trust, and Pray, that our heavenly father would work a good understanding betwixt King Charles and his great Counsell, that he would look with the Eye of Page  30 compassion upon dying Ireland, that his mercyfull hand would make up the breaches of distracted England, that his goodnesse would take away the cause of all calamities, our many, and great, and crying sins. And after our prayers let us trust againe, that see∣ing it is all one with the Lord, to save with many or with few, to help with meanes or without meanes: He will in due time produce a sweet correspondence betwixt the King and people; he will deliver bleeding Ireland, out of the hands of bloudy Rebells. He will re∣store distressed England to a happy condition, he will pardon our iniquities, and remember them no more. Let us pray therefore, and trust continually, and let us never cease to trust and pray.

FINIS.