The Desire of Ages
Ellen G White
No one else has had such a profound effect on planet earth as Jesus Christ. He is the One who can satisfy the deepest yearnings of the human heart.
‘The Desire of Ages’ is the life story of Jesus Christ, and has brought inspiration and enlightenment to millions of readers all over the world. And with good reason, for it deals with a universal yearning – the desire for living life to its fullest with the knowledge that we are here for a reason – that we are loved. In the heart of all mankind, of whatever nationality or position in life, there are longings for something we do not now possess. This longing is implanted in the very heart of man by his Creator God. Man cannot be truly happy while he is separated from the God who formed him, and gave him the gift of life.
These longings of the human heart many believe can be satisfied by pleasure, by wealth, by ease, by fame, by power; but all too soon it is found that after these things have been obtained, the soul is left as barren and unsatisfied as before. It is God’s design that this longing of the human heart should lead to the one who alone is able to satisfy it. ‘The Desire of ages’ was written with the purpose to set forth Jesus Christ as the one in whom every longing may be satisfied; and to so present the divine beauty of the life of Christ as to help the reader come to Him face to face, heart to heart, and find in Him, the blessed answer to all their questionings – Jesus the kind, compassionate Saviour.
Here is a sample of the beautiful passages to be found in the pages of The Desire of Ages:
“God never leads His children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the beginning, and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as co-workers with Him.”
The Desire of Ages page 226
“Worry is blind, and cannot discern the future; but Jesus sees the end from the beginning. In every difficulty He has His way prepared to bring relief. Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us, of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service and honour of God supreme will find perplexities vanish, and a plain path before their feet.”
The Desire of Ages page 329
“At all times and in all places, in all sorrows and in all afflictions, when the outlook seems dark and the future perplexing, and we feel helpless and alone, the Comforter will be sent in answer to the prayer of faith. Circumstances may separate us from every earthly friend; but no circumstance, no distance, can separate us from the heavenly Comforter. Wherever we are, wherever we may go, He is always at our right hand to support, sustain, uphold, and cheer.”
The Desire of Ages page 662