Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Doctrine and Covenants 1:16

"They seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness, but every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world, and whose substance is that of an idol, which waxeth old and shall perish in Babylon, even Babylon the great, which shall fall."
Doctrine and Covenants 1:16

This is so us, isn't it?  I think it is really easy to bend our idea of what God is into something that is a little more worldly, a little more permissive, or a little more fluid than what God actually is.  It makes it much easier to justify our decisions and actions and lifestyles.  We're in the world, so of course we start thinking of God as part of what we experience... wishy washy perhaps, or undecided on some things.  We can talk ourselves into being unclear about God's purpose to help us grow and learn and become more than we are, and therefore achieve greater happiness and joy... and twist that into, well, God wants me to do whatever makes me happy in the moment.  We pick and choose the attributes of God that we like... perhaps his all-encompassing love, and conveniently forget the attributes that we don't like... perhaps that he can't look at sin with the least degree of allowance.
No matter what we've talked ourselves into, though, God is and always will be the entire package.  He's perfect in all ways, not just one.  And he knows much better than we do how to learn lasting happiness, how to achieve the happiness and peace and ... all that he has.  Today, let's let go of some of our justifications, and learn more about God through talking to him, through studying his word, and through obeying his commandments.  Let's learn through doing how much more amazing our lives can be when we listen to and follow him.

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