For our morning worship we are reading Preparation for the Final Crisis, which was written by Fernando Chaij and published in 1966. The book integrates Scripture and comments from EW. After quoting from Joel Chapter two Chaij cites EW who says; "A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work. There must be earnest effort to obtain the blessing of the Lord, not because God is not willing to bestow His blessing upon us, but because we are unprepared to receive it. Our heavenly Father is more willing to give His Holy Spirit to them that ask Him, than are earthly parents to give good gifts to their children. but it is our work, by confession, humiliation, repentance, and earnest prayer, to fulfill the conditions upon which God has promised to grant us His blessing,: I SM pg. 121.
Who does not have sins to confess? Who does not feel the humiliation of choosing to do wrong, knowing what is right? Are there any so righteous that they have no need to repent? And which of us has no need of earnest prayer?
We know the answers. I know the answers.
While it is called Today is the day to be ready for Christ's coming; either to us individually (at our death) or to this world in clouds of glory. Who will answer His call? Who, like Isaiah, will answer God's call to go and tell (the) people. Isaiah responded, "Here am I! Send me." [Isaiah 6:8 and 9].
The times tell me that it is time to shut away the voices that clamor in our heads and listen for the still, small voice of God in our hearts. e.c.