With the end of time approaching, this instruction is more relevant than ever.
A new generation of believers will ﬁnd these counsels opening horizons to them that they had not envisioned.
The writings of Ellen G. White repeatedly urge the advantages of country living. As conditions in our world build toward the ﬁnal events, Seventh-day Adventists recall the Lord’s instruction about leaving the cities, with their congestion, corruption, and conﬂicts. The cities do not provide a wholesome environment for Christian families.
Yet the counsels in this booklet also warn against acting rashly. Each person or family should study the instruction, think and pray about it, identify and evaluate the options, and ask God to make His leading clear.
God’s people “Desire a better country, that is, an heavenly” (Hebrews 11:16). No place on earth can equal that home that God is preparing for us. Yet we may bring something of the heavenly country’s atmosphere into our homes here, especially in rural settings. Thus, we believe that the inspired counsels set forth in this small volume will be appreciated by every Seventh-day Adventist.