Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2 Nephi 28:30

"For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have."
2 Nephi 28:30

This is interesting.  It makes me think of college/school/church classes.  In an average class, we go over the chapter or other reading material, and the teacher helps us understand it.  But in a class where everyone is prepared and has done the reading beforehand, we can delve deeper into our subject.  We can talk about more intricate ideas and expand on the basics, since those have been covered by the class preparation.  We can learn better, because we all have a foundation for understanding and we are starting on the same page.  By the same token, if we stop learning and don't use what we've learned, we often forget a large part of it.
Reading the scriptures is like reading the lesson ahead of time.  It is easier for God to teach us further, to help us recognize principles as we encounter them, and if we know the basics of faith, repentance, etc., he can teach us more about them, on a deeper level.
Even joining the church can be like being prepared for class.  The knowledge that we need to take that step is a preparation and a foundation for further learning that we just can't get if we are at an earlier stage, still wondering if God exists, or wondering which church to join.  And so it continues.  Living the gospel in other ways prepares us for further principles or deeper lessons about the principles that we already know.  We can never stop and say that we know everything there is to know about faith, or prayer, or repentance, or any of those "basics."  The more we learn, the more God shows us how much more there is to learn.  And it is that way with everything. The more that we prepare for God, the deeper he can take us, and the more that we can learn about him and his plan.
Today, let's work on being prepared for class.  Let's do our reading so that when God's lesson for today is upon us, we'll be able to think intelligently about the subject and learn on a deeper level. :)

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