Monday, January 21, 2013

Doctrine and Covenants 9:7

"Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me."
Doctrine and Covenants 9:7

I've been thinking about this scripture over the weekend, and it seems to apply to so many things in life.  We ask God for a lot, and sometimes are frustrated or sad when we don't get what we want.  But most things don't come that easily... or, they could, but God wants us to learn, not just think that he is granting us unlimited wishes. :)  Remember the Brother of Jared after he had completed the barges?  He had more than one question... and God gave him the answer to one of his questions, and then asked him to think of a way to solve the other one.  Or Nephi, in retrieving the brass plates.  They worked at it ahead of time, and tried everything they could think of.  We also need to set our minds, actions, and hearts to our own problems.  God isn't at all unwilling to help... but we need to learn, and work, and figure out our own lives along the way.  The choices that we make and the people we become are the results of the effort that we make every day to grow and change and become.  We aren't striving to be couch potatoes with God as our errand boy. :)  Today, as we go throughout the day, let's definitely talk to God about our challenges and the problems that we need to solve together.  But let's also make a real effort to figure out the answers and solve things as much as we can on our own... growing and learning to be more like God in the process.

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