Daily Devotional

Prepare for the Last Days

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THE GREAT LIGHTHOUSE

 
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. __Isaiah 9:2__

God’s institutions are to stand as witnesses for God, teachers of righteousness to the people. From them truth is to go forth as a lamp that burneth. Like a great light in a lighthouse on a dangerous coast, they are constantly to send forth beams of light into the darkness of the world, to warn men f the dangers that threaten them with destruction. …

throughout the world they are to do the same work that was done by John Baptist for the Jewish nation. By startling messages of warning, God’s prophet awakened men from worldly dreaming. Through him God called backsliding Israel to repentance. By his presentation of truth he exposed popular delusions. …

The prophecy that John’s mission fulfilled outlines our work: “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.” Verse 3. As John prepared the way for the first, so we are to prepare the way for the second, advent of the Saviour. … Standing before the world as reformers, [God’s institutions] are to show that the law of God is the foundation of all enduring reform. In clear, distinct lines they are to present the necessity of obedience to all His commandments.

Constrained by the love of Christ, they are to co-operate with Him in build¬ing up the old waste places, raising up the foundations of many generations. They are to stand as repairers of the breach, restorers of paths to dwell in. Through their testimony the Sabbath of the fourth commandment is to stand as a witness, a constant reminder of God, to attract notice and arouse investigation that shall direct the minds of men to their Creator

Let it never be forgotten that these institutions are to co-operate with the ministry of the delegates of heaven. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 7 138-139)

Reflection:

What if the light in the household should go out? Then everyone in that house were would be in darkness; and the result would be as disastrous as though the light were to go out in the lighthouse tower. Souls are looking at you, fellow-Christians, to see whether you are drunken with the cares of this life, or are preparing for the future, immortal life. They will watch to see what the influence of your life is, and whether you are true “s names at home. (The Signs of the Times, November 9, 1891)