Thursday, August 28, 2014

Alma 41:6-8 -- On Walking Out of the Darkness

"And so it is on the other hand. If he hath repented of his sins, and desired righteousness until the end of his days, even so he shall be rewarded unto righteousness.
These are they that are redeemed of the Lord; yea, these are they that are taken out, that are delivered from that endless night of darkness; and thus they stand or fall; for behold, they are their own judges, whether to do good or do evil.
Now, the decrees of God are unalterable; therefore, the way is prepared that whosoever will may walk therein and be saved."
Alma 41:6-8

This is a good reminder that we all have the chance to repent and be saved, no matter how bad things are.  If we're still here, we still have a chance to change, and God will grant us the power to do so, if we humble ourselves and go to him.
What struck me today is the phrase "delivered from that endless night of darkness."  I really like that.  "Endless night of darkness" doesn't mean endless for us... it just means endless for the darkness that remains there, and the night that exists as we choose to live in it.  But we always have the choice to walk away.  We can welcome the new day.  No pain or misery is permanent with the Lord.  But, truly, God's decrees, and his path, are unalterable.  He isn't going to make a new shortcut to accommodate us; we have to get ourselves on his path.  Let's do that.  Let's make the effort and walk out of the darkness into the light of day, and let our eyes adjust a little.  Let's get on God's path and choose to be saved.

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