Monday, July 21, 2014

Alma 37:38-41 -- On Avoiding the Slow Drift

"And now, my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the thing which our fathers call a ball, or director—or our fathers called it Liahona, which is, being interpreted, a compass; and the Lord prepared it.
And behold, there cannot any man work after the manner of so curious a workmanship. And behold, it was prepared to show unto our fathers the course which they should travel in the wilderness.
And it did work for them according to their faith in God; therefore, if they had faith to believe that God could cause that those spindles should point the way they should go, behold, it was done; therefore they had this miracle, and also many other miracles wrought by the power of God, day by day.
Nevertheless, because those miracles were worked by small means it did show unto them marvelous works. They were slothful, and forgot to exercise their faith and diligence and then those marvelous works ceased, and they did not progress in their journey;"
Alma 37:38-41

The Liahona is fascinating.  I hope I get to see it someday.  To me, it seems like technology that is sensitive to the spirit, which is a really cool idea.  A cool idea in some ways, of course... if the Internet didn't work for us when we didn't have the spirit, I think that we might get pretty frustrated.  ... And that is kind of the point of these verses too.  We have amazing things in front of us, amazing opportunities, but we are often slothful and forgetful and we lose our way.  It doesn't have to be because of huge sins... we just kind of drift off, not remembering God, not paying attention to the important things, trying to coast through life on past successes.  And we don't wake up until things turn dramatic again... we're faced with serious sin, or we realize that we've lost our way.  We wonder how we got here, but it wasn't anything dramatic that caused it... it was the slow drift.  And just like these verses, the miracles stop, and we stop progressing, and if we don't do something to correct, we get further and further away.
Today, let's remember faith and diligence.  Let's remember the power of prayer, and that reading our scriptures can make the day better.  Let's talk to God, let's do his will, let's diligently seek our promised land, and let's stop ourselves from slowly drifting away from the things that matter.

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