And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.
The Rev. Matthew Henry died in 1714, at the age of 52. His "Commentary on the Bible" will be a standing monument of his labour, piety, and zeal. He improved his time, and knew what it was by experience to enjoy communion with God. Of retirement and meditation he thus speaks: — "It will do us good to be often left alone, and sitting alone; and if we have the art of improving solitude, we shall find we are never less alone than when alone. Meditation and prayer ought to be both our business and our delight when we are alone; while we have a God, a Christ, and a heaven to acquaint ourselves with and to secure an interest in, we need not want matter either for meditation or prayer, which, if they go together, will materially befriend each other. Our walks in the fields are then truly pleasant, when in them we apply ourselves to meditation and prayer. We there have a free and open prospect of the heavens above us, and the earth around us, and the hosts and riches of both; by the view of which we should be led to the contemplation of the Maker and Owner of all." As to the time for meditation, the same hour may be seasonable to one and unseasonable to another. "I have always found," says Mr. Baxter, "that the fittest time for myself is the evening from sunsetting till twilight." In another case, when an orator was asked what was most eminent in rhetoric and oratory, he gave this answer, "Pronunciation, pronunciation, pronunciation." "So," says Dr. Bates, "if I should be asked what I think are the best means and way to advance the faculties, make the ordinances fruitful, increase grace, enlarge our comfort, and produce holiness, I should answer, 'Meditation, meditation, meditation.'"
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