Sunday, October 26, 2014

Proverbs 4:1 -- On Listening to our Father

"Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding."
Proverbs 4:1

I was thinking about the idea today of God as our father, and how that clarifies the God-Human relationship a lot.  If we believe ourselves to be children of God, then by its very nature, our relationship means that we have some growing up to do, and that God has gone before us and experienced things that we don't know about yet... things that he can teach us, if we will listen.  Now, of course we don't always listen to God, just as we don't always listen to our mortal fathers, but in God's case we always should (and probably more often even in the mortal case as well).  There are things to learn and more that we can understand about how the world and the universe and the gospel all work together, and God can teach us all of that, if we ask, and if we are willing to learn some of the remedial stuff along the way so that we can become ready for the larger lessons.
Today, let's show respect to our Father in Heaven and learn the things that he has to teach us.  Let's not assume that because of our brief time in mortality that we know more than he does, or that we are not in need of some wise counsel.  And while we're at it, let's treat those human dads with respect as well.  It's a tough job, raising us.

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