Thursday, November 30, 2000

2 Nephi 26:23-24

"For behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto you that the Lord God worketh not in darkness.
He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him.  Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation."
2 Nephi 26:23-24

I think of God not working in darkness like someone who is not ashamed of anything he does... there isn't anything that he would ever need to hide.  Many of us, if not all, have things that we hide when we are trying to make a good impression... maybe things that we hide almost all the time... instead of hiding though, God welcomes examination... he is completely in the spotlight, asking anyone who will listen to take a look, and see if what he says isn't true... take a look and see if he does *anything* that isn't for the benefit of his children.  He welcomes people in, and asks them to trust him... because he doesn't have anything to hide.  because he is working for all of us, because he loves us.  Completely open, completely honest... offering explanation to anyone who takes the time and the thought to ask, and who is open to the answer.  The same God, all the time... consistent.  In this life we are asked to follow in his footsteps, to become like God... and to walk in the light. :)  As we endeavor to get to that point, we learn what shames us... what we are afraid of revealing to the world... what we are hiding in the dark.  Sometimes we are ashamed of God, unwilling to admit to others that we believe... sometimes we are ashamed of other things that take us farther from him... and eventually we have to learn who we are... to become one person, who doesn't hide from what he or she believes, who lives in the light.  And remember... God knows what we are thinking.  If we all become like him, there won't be any shadows to hide in... Today, let's work towards a future where that won't be a personal tragedy.

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