Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Alma 37:7-8

"And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.
And now, it has hitherto been wisdom in God that these things should be preserved; for behold, they have enlarged the memory of this people, yea, and convinced many of the error of their ways, and brought them to the knowledge of their God unto the salvation of their souls."
Alma 37:7-8

These verses are talking about the scriptures, and I really like this idea... that God works with us in small and subtle ways.  So often we expect, or want, big lightning bolts or drama in our lives to show us the way, and we're looking in exactly the wrong direction.  The ways to access God's wisdom and guidance are right in front of us, and have been all along.  The scriptures are free and available to everyone (  And prayer doesn't even require a book or an internet connection. :)  No one can ever take that connection with God away from us.  I also like the idea that the Scriptures enlarge our memory.  They do.  In our mortal lives it is hard to remember ourselves as individuals when we were young, or remember our ancestors after only a couple of generations... let alone our life before this world.  The Scriptures allow us a glimpse into the past, helping us retain a spiritual memory as a people.  Giving us examples of others who have gone before us and overcome their obstacles and succeeded in having a good relationship with God in this world.  People who have consistently made good choices despite the challenges inherent in mortality.  It's hope and a taste of who we could become.
Today, let's take advantage of the simple, yet significant, opportunities that God has placed in our lives.  Let's read and pray, and draw closer to our father without needing or expecting drama. :)

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