Daily Devotional

Prepare for the Last Days

_______ JANUARY 21 ______

TRIAL OF CHOOSING GOD’S WORD OVER HUMAN TRADITIONS

 

Making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.

__Mark 7:13__

In the time of trial just before us, God’s pledge of security will be placed upon those who have kept the word of his patience. If you have complied with the conditions of God’s word, Christ will be to you a refuge from the storm. He will say to his faithful ones, “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee; hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” The Lion of Judah, so terrible to the rejecters of his grace, will be the Lamb of God to the obedient and faithful. The pillar of cloud will speak terror and wrath to the transgressor of God’s law, but light and mercy and deliverance to those who have kept his commandments. The Arm, strong to smite the rebellious, will be strong to deliver the loyal. Every faithful one will surely be gathered. …

The adherents of truth are now called upon to choose between disregarding a plain requirement of God’s word or forfeiting their liberty. If we yield the word of God, and accept human customs and traditions, we may still be permitted to live among men, to buy and sell, and have our rights respected. But if we maintain our loyalty to God, it must be at the sacrifice of our rights among men. For the enemies of God’s law have leagued together to crush out independent judgment in matters of religious faith, and to control the consciences of men. (The Home Missionary, November 1, 1893)

Reflection:

The greatest deception of the human mind in Christ’s day was that a mere assent to the truth constitutes righteousness. … A jealous regard for what is termed theological truth often accompanies a hatred of genuine truth as made manifest in life. The same danger still exists. Many take it for granted that they are Christians, simply because they subscribe to certain theological tenets. But they have not brought the truth into practical life. (The Desire of Ages, 309)