Wouldn’t it be wonderful to wake-up to the sounds of a rushing creek or stream, the birds singing, fire crackling in your wood cook stove? Well I would just love it! But the transition from city life to a country life isn’t easy. It’s a huge learning curve involved. How is it that we have become so uneducated about basic skills of self-sustainability? And I mean real self-sustainability none of that kooky green communities stuff. I’m talking about your own home, on your own land, your own water source, food source, and wood source. Homesteading as some would call it. Getting back to the basics as the early pioneers lived. Sure it was tough hard work, but scripture says: And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 1Thess4: 11 also For even when we were with you, this we command you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 2Thess3: 10. We must till the earth as Christ intended for us as He created Adam and Eve to till the earth. To grow our own food, and have our own water source with a small home in the country you will be as Kings and Queens. (Partial quote from EGW, CL)
And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locust and wild honey. Mark 1:6.
Have you ever wondered, as I have, why did John dress, eat and live the way he did?
Is it necessary for Christians to live as John did today?
Here is a great quote from EGW:
John did not feel strong enough to stand the great pressure of temptation he would meet in society. He feared his character would be molded according to the prevailing custom of the Jews, and he chose the wilderness as his school, in which his mind could be properly educated and disciplined from God’s great book of nature. In the wilderness, John could the more readily deny himself and bring his appetite under control, and dress in accordance to natural simplicity. And there was nothing in the wilderness that would take his mind from meditation and prayer. Satan had access to John even after he had closed every avenue in his power through which he could enter. But his habits of life were so pure and natural that he could discern the foe, and had the strength of spirit and decision of character to resist him.
The book of nature was open before John with it’s inexhaustible store of varied instruction. He sought the favor of God, and the Holy Spirit rested upon him, and kindled in his heart a glowing zeal to do the great work of calling the people to repentance, and to a higher and holier life. John was fitting himself, by the privations and hardships of his secluded life, to so control all his physical and mental powers that he could stand among the people as unmoved by surrounding circumstances as the rocks and the mountains of the wilderness that had surrounded him for thirty years. ( 2SP 47).