Thursday, July 18, 2013

Doctrine and Covenants 136:42

"Be diligent in keeping all my commandments, lest judgments come upon you, and your faith fail you, and your enemies triumph over you. So no more at present. Amen and Amen."
Doctrine and Covenants 136:42

This is a good warning from God.  And like other warnings, I think it is letting us know the natural consequences of our actions, not warning us of punishments that will be rained down if God doesn't like our opinion.  We humanize God too much sometimes, and imagine imperfections where there are none.  And we think too much of ourselves as well... imagining that we can pit our will against God's as though we were equals or coworkers or classmates.  When in actuality, the relationship is much more that of a parent to a non-adult child... in fact a very young one.  And when we rail against God it is really just us having a temper tantrum about reality.
Today, let's try to listen to God's warnings with humility, realizing that God is trying to help us learn how to avoid pain and failure and heartache.  Let's work on our obedience.  Not lying, not hurting other people, loving our brothers and sisters, learning about the world... sharing. :)

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