"Yea, they were encircled about with everlasting darkness and destruction; but behold, he has brought them into his everlasting light, yea, into everlasting salvation; and they are encircled about with the matchless bounty of his love; yea, and we have been instruments in his hands of doing this great and marvelous work."
When you really look at things, the distinction between making our own way and following God's way is incredibly clear. Unfortunately, when we make our own way we have a tendency to listen to Satan, or to our own selfish desires... and we usually muck things up pretty well. We have to make our way the Lord's way for it to work. In the scripture above Ammon is overwhelmed at the goodness of God to himself and to the Lamanites. The dramatic change in their lives is illustrated by the difference between darkness and light... between destruction and salvation. I submit that the difference in our own lives is just as clear... if we will take the time to see it. We all know the difference between hatred and love... and that is the same choice we have in choosing who to serve. Satan, who hates us, or God, who loves us. On a game show, we could all call out the right answer... but in our personal lives, where we lack a studio audience, which do we choose? We are children, and if we try to find our own way in the dark we will stumble and fall. We need someone's voice to follow. Or, an iron rod. :) Let's choose to be encircled in the matchless bounty of God's love, rather than choosing to spend our time with someone who tries to manipulate and hurt us at every turn. And, if one of your friends calls you from their game show and asks you to choose... make sure you give the right answer. We can be instruments in the hands of God, or instruments in the hands of Satan... there is no middle ground.