Sunday, March 2, 2014

3 Nephi 10:4-6

"O ye people of these great cities which have fallen, who are descendants of Jacob, yea, who are of the house of Israel, how oft have I gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and have nourished you.
And again, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, yea, O ye people of the house of Israel, who have fallen; yea, O ye people of the house of Israel, ye that dwell at Jerusalem, as ye that have fallen; yea, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens, and ye would not.
O ye house of Israel whom I have spared, how oft will I gather you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, if ye will repent and return unto me with full purpose of heart."
3 Nephi 10:4-6


This makes me think of spiritual opportunity cost.  Every time we choose something besides God, we lose an opportunity for knowledge or growth.  ... Sometimes I suppose we need to make those choices and learn those negative lessons so that we can wake up and realize that God is *literally* a God... not figuratively, not symbolically.  Not some mere superhero or hammer-throwing pretender.  GOD, the almighty.  And GOD, who knows everything and who *made* this world, in these verses he's practically begging us to let him help.  We're his children... which is awe-inspiring in itself, but even more so that God loves us so much that he doesn't give up.  He invites us back, even when we reject him over and over again.  And when we finally do go back, how amazing things are. :)  ... Just think of how much more we could be if we didn't spend all that time rejecting or doubting.  If we chose him over other options consistently.  If we included him in all that we do, and turned to him for guidance before turning elsewhere.
Today, let's choose God and not the other thing, no matter what it is.  Let's listen to our father, and accept his help and his protection.  Let's not lose opportunities by choosing something cheap and inferior... which *everything* is compared to God, no matter how amazing.

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