Friday, September 12, 2008

1 Nephi 12:12:18

"And the large and spacious building, which thy father saw, is vain imaginations and the pride of the children of men. And a great and a terrible gulf divideth them; yea, even the word of the justice of the Eternal God, and the Messiah who is the Lamb of God, of whom the Holy Ghost beareth record, from the beginning of the world until this time, and from this time henceforth and forever."
1 Nephi 12:12:18

Isn't this interesting?... I think the whole we-build-our-own great and spacious building thing is fascinating. Our pride and our imagination ... used unwisely I surmise, since imagination can also be a good thing... creates this division, and probably causes the great gulf as well in some ways.  Justice couldn't divide us unless we did something unjust, right?  We start out having access to God, and we build our own walls to divide ourselves from him.  Isn't that scary?  I think sometimes it is easier to blame things on other people or circumstances, but in the end... we choose where we end up.  Just like in the dream... Laman and Lemuel stood in the same place that Sam and Nephi did, and Lehi called to both groups, asking them to come and join him... but one group chose the tree and one group chose the building.  Maybe today we should really look at ourselves and find out if we're already starting to build walls between ourselves and God.  If we're resisting him because we think that buildings offer more shelter than trees... or whatever reason.  And if we are, let's start tearing down those walls before they get great and spacious... and if we see anything dividing us, let's repent or whatever it takes so that division doesn't turn into a gulf.  We need God... without him nothing else makes sense.

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