Wednesday, January 29, 2014

1 Chronicles 28:9

"And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever."
1 Chronicles 28:9

 I really like the idea that if we seek God, he will be found... he chooses to reveal himself to us, if we look.  And he knows our hearts and our minds already.  We don't have to be afraid of him... instead we should endeavor to be open and work with him, because he is the one that can help us with the innermost things that we don't share with anyone... or that we don't even know ourselves fully.  He knows us better than we know ourselves, and he can help us, if we seek him.
The forsaking part seems scary, but I don't think that it means any temporary forsaking that we might have done during a past sin, or today when we forgot to keep God in our thoughts.  I think it has to be a massive, significant, and permanent forsaking on our side, probably accompanied by some serious sin.  Maybe like worshiping satan rather than God, and choosing to murder his children as part of that creepy devotion.  Even leading people astray on purpose can be repented of, as we see with Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah... or the Saul/Paul story.  Not saying it is easy... just that we shouldn't give up and think that God has cast us off forever because we've made mistakes.  He loves us, and he knows what we are thinking and feeling, and he still wants us to seek him.  Today, let's make the effort, and start getting to know him.  It is worth it on so many levels.

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