Daily Devotional

Prepare for the Last Days

_______ April 29 ______

REJECTING GOD EQUALS ACCEPTING SATAN

When I called, you did not answer; when 1 spoke, you did not hear, but did evil before My eyes, and chose that in which I do not delight. __Isaiah 65:12__

Satan and his angels triumphed over them, and those who would not receive the message congratulated themselves upon their farseeing judgment and wisdom in not receiving the delusion, as they called it. They did not realize that they were rejecting the counsel of God against themselves, and were working in union with Satan and his angels to perplex God’s people, who were living out the heaven-sent message.

The believers in this message were oppressed in the churches. For a time, those who would not receive the message were restrained by fear from acting out the sentiments of their hearts; but the passing of the time revealed their true feelings. They wished to silence the testimony which the waiting ones felt com¬pelled to bear, that the prophetic periods extended to 1844. With clearness the believers explained their mistake and gave the reasons why they expected their Lord in 1844.

Their opposers could bring no arguments against the powerful reasons of-fered. Yet the anger of the churches was kindled; they were determined not to listen to evidence, and to shut the testimony out of the churches, so the others could not hear it. Those who dared not withhold from others the light which God had given them, were shut out of the churches; but Jesus was with them, and they were joyful in the light of His countenance. They were prepared to receive the message of the second angel. (Early Writings, 236-237)

Reflection:

The carnal mind is enmity against God. Not one of us can love and keep his commandments, only as we deny self and take upon ourselves the yoke of Christ. Divine truth has never been in harmony with the traditions and customs of the world; it has never conformed to their opinions. Christ himself received not honor from men. He was meek and lowly of heart, and made himself of no reputation. (The Review and Herald, November 7, 1882)