Daily Devotional

Prepare for the Last Days

_______ August 3 ______

SEEK AND YE SHALL NOT FIND

With their flocks and herds they shall go to seek the LORD, but they will not find Him; He has withdrawn Himself from them __Hosea 5:6__

Those who had not prized God’s word were hurrying to and fro. They wandered from sea to sea, and from the north to the east, to seek the world of the Lord. Said the angel, “They shall not find it. There is a famine of land; not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. What would they not give for one word of approval from God? but no, they must hunger and thirst on. Day after day have they slighted salvation, and prized earthly pleasure, and earthly riches, higher than any heavenly inducement and treasure. They have rejected Jesus, and despised his saints. The filthy must remain filthy forever.”

Many of the wicked were greatly enraged as they suffered the effects of the plagues. It was a scene of fearful agony. Parents were bitterly reproaching their children, and children their parents, brothers their sisters, and sisters their brothers. Loud, wailing cries were heard in every direction, “It was you who kept me from receiving the truth which would have saved me from this awful hour.”

The people turned upon their ministers with bitter hate and reproached them, saying, “You have not warned us. You told us that all the world was to be converted, and cried, Peace, peace, to quiet every fear that was aroused. You have not told us of this hour; and those who warned us of it you declared to be fanatics and evil men, who would ruin us.” But I saw that the ministers did not escape the wrath of God. Their suffering was tenfold greater than that of their people. (Early Writings, 281-282)

Reflection:

Those who have despised God’s Word, those who have lightly esteemed, it, shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they shall run to and fro to seek the Word of the Lord and shall not find it. A famine is in the land for hearing the Word. (Manuscript 1, June 1857)