Monday, November 17, 2008

2 Nephi 18:12-13

"Say ye not, A confederacy, to all to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
Sanctify the Lord of Hosts himself, and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread."
2 Nephi 18:12-13

I think this scripture goes beyond saying something like we should be afraid of God. I think that it points out the difference between what matters and what doesn't.  If God is central to our lives, then we don't have to fear anything except his will.  And sometimes his will and ours don't mesh, and it IS rather frightening to try to reconcile ourselves to that.  But the things that "everyone" fears won't be able to touch us with even a hint of fear, if we are focused on God and an eternal perspective.  Death can't hurt us.  Pain is temporary.  Injustice will ALL be righted in the end.  Today can be enjoyed without guilt or regret.... if we only do what we should.  Instead of fearing those things that can't do any permanent (read: eternal) damage, maybe we should take all of that energy we are throwing into fear, and focus it on God.  We can fear offending him, and worry about making sure we are ready to do as he asks.  I suppose if there is anything that we really should fear, it's being forever separated from God.  Today, let's work on making sure that doesn't happen. :)

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