BELOVED, there is an inward
Joy, there is an outward dignity and reverence, that accompanies Riches, and
the Godly, the righteous man is not incapable of these; Nay, they belong
rather to him, than to the ungodly: Non decent stratum drvitŠ, (as
the Vulgate reades that Place) Riches doe not become a fool. But because, for
all that though Riches doe not become a fool, yet fools doe become rich; our
Translations read that place thus: joy, pleasure, delight, is not seemly for
a fool; Though the fool, the ungodly man, may bee rich, yet a right joy, a
holy delight in riches, belongs onely to the wise, to the righteous. The
Patriarchs in the Old Testament, many examples in the New, are testimonies to
us of the compatibility of riches, and righteousnesse; that they may, that
they have often met in one person. For, is fraud, and circumvention so sure a
way, of attaining Gods blessings, as industry, and conscientiousnesse is? Or
is God so likely to concurre with the fraudulent, the deceitfull man, as with
the laborious, and religious? Was not Ananias, with his disguises, more
suddenly destroyed, than Job, and more irrecoverably? And cannot a
Star-chamber, or an Exchequer, leave an ungodly man as poor, as a storm at
sea, in a ship-wracke, or a fire at land, in a lightning, can doe the godly?
Murmure not, be not scandalized, nor offended in him, if God hath exposed the
riches of this world, as well, rather to the godly, than the wicked.
[Fifty Sermons (44), 1649]
The Study has been
prepared by Father Lance McAdam
who entered into rest July 14, 2003
May his soul, and the souls of all
the departed rest in peace.
And light perpetual shine upon him.