Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Alma 60:20-21

"Have ye forgotten the commandments of the Lord your God? Yea, have ye forgotten the captivity of our fathers? Have ye forgotten the many times we have been delivered out of the hands of our enemies?
Or do ye suppose that the Lord will still deliver us, while we sit upon our thrones and do not make use of the means which the Lord has provided for us?"
Alma 60:20-21

This is part of a letter that Moroni sent to the government, asking why they hadn't provided the support that was needed.  And although Moroni's letter was about military support, I think that these same questions are good ones to ask ourselves.  Do we suppose that the Lord will deliver us while we sit back and wait for it, rather than doing something about it?  ... I think that we actually suppose that a lot.  Part of it might be forgetting what the Lord has done for us in the past... but part of it might be forgetting that this life is so that WE can learn, and act, and become.  God will give us the opportunities, or the means, or the strength, but in most cases, we need to take some action, and not just sit back and wait for the miracle.  The Brother of Jared, Noah, and Nephi all had to build ships and do various other tasks in order to get to the promised land.  Moses had to wander in the wilderness for forty years.  I'm sure God could teleport us instead, but that isn't how we learn.  So, today, whatever it is that we have been waiting for... whatever our personal promised land is... let's stand up, and go out and find it, with God's help. :)

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