Monday, June 11, 2012

Articles of Faith 1:9

"We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that he will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God."
Articles of Faith 1:9

This struck me today because I think it matters so much.  Too often I think that we assume that we have all the information, and that we're brilliant to be making decisions based on what we now know.  And hey, it isn't a horrible idea to make the best decisions we can, of course.  But, especially in spiritual matters, we need to take into account that there are a lot of things that we still don't know, and include God in our plans and consult him when making decisions.  Usually, if we're being somewhat wise, we'll go forward, but it is always good to give God the chance to veto something if he feels the need.
At times, it can be hard to talk to God.  Some people in the world have gone so far as to say that God is dead... that he is silent and not involved with his children's lives anymore.  But the truth is that God is not silent, and never will be.  He continues to talk to his children.  Our task is to find a way to tune in to the messages that he continues to send out.  Kind of like the SETI program, which searches the universe for messages instead of expecting Aliens to come land on the White House lawn... we need to be constantly listening to God if we want his influence in our lives.  There are several ways to listen.  Through scripture study, through listening to the prophets, and directly through prayer.  Even when we make the effort to do those things, sometimes it seems like we aren't getting through.  It is easy to get impatient and assume that God doesn't want to talk to us, but as we continue to try and repeat our efforts in sincerity, we will find our way past any impediments and feel his spirit.  Today, let's make the effort to tune in to God's messages.

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