154 THE SHORTNESS AND [SER. VIII.
revelation confirm, is practically rejected.
But however averse we may be to give
this subject that due consideration which
its importance demands, its truthfulness
nevertheless, remains the same. Our in¬
difference to it cannot alter it. It becomes
us, therefore, as rational and accountable
beings, calmly, but seriously to consider,
how short the time is that we have to
remain upon the stage of action. And
may the Holy Spirit help us so to con¬
sider it, that we may be led to apply our
hearts unto heavenly wisdom.
" The time is sliort." Compared with
that eternal duration which is without
beginning or end; time, in its most ex¬
tended sense, stretching out its line from
the dawn of creation to the final consum¬
mation of all things, is short. For though
our planet should continue its diurnal and
annual revolution a thousand times longer
than it has already, a period is to arrive,
when its present career through its ap-