Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16

“The people did not wait to reflect; they did not reason that He who had brought them thus far would certainly give them the land; they did not call to mind how wonderfully God had delivered them… They left God out of the question, and acted as though they must depend solely on the power of arms.”

Ellen White, Patriarchs & Prophets, p. 388

Nearly 3500 years ago, Israel stood on the borders of the promised land. The promises of God were within their reach, but their faith failed in the crucial hour. Why? Because they forgot how God had led them in the past.

We too stand on the borders of the promised land. Our heavenly home is almost close enough to touch. Will we take time to reflect on God’s leading in our past? Or will we leave God out of the equation and depend on our own strength to finish the work?

We cannot reflect what we do not reflect upon.

  • Study God’s successful movements of the past–the Exodus, the early church after Pentecost and the early Adventist movement.
  • Identify the principles God used to help each movement grow toward His ideal for His church.
  • Evaluate your church’s strengths and weaknesses in the light of these Biblical principles.
  • Develop a passion for God’s church like the “zeal” Jesus had for God’s house (John 2:17).

REFLECT on God’s Guidance in the Past

A collection of fascinating videos on Reformation and Seventh-day Adventist Church history to grow your knowledge and inform your decisions.

“In reviewing our past history, having traveled over every step of advance to our present standing, I can say, Praise God! As I see what the Lord has wrought, I am filled with astonishment, and with confidence in Christ as leader. We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.”

Ellen White, Life Sketches, p. 196.