Monday, January 19, 2015

3 Nephi 14:7-8 -- On Knocking on God's Door

"Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened."
3 Nephi 14:7-8

These verses also appear in Luke 11 and Matthew 7.  Seems like a message that God would like us to hear.  And I think that much of that message is that we have to be active with God, and not passive.  We can't just wait around for a lightning bolt or an angel to come show us what to do.  We have to be engaged in our lives, actively working them out, considering, thinking, learning.  God is there to help, but not in a Stepford Wives sort of a way, programming us to be the "ideal," submissive servants.  God is trying to teach us some independence, some initiative... some self-reliance.  We can't possibly learn those things through programming or brainwashing, and that isn't the way that God works.  Instead, he uses the power of our own curiosity, our own needs and desires, to give us the impetus to ask, to want to learn and find out.  To realize that we need to change and grow and become better than we are.
Inquiry-based learning is a powerful motivator.  It lets the student drive the learning, and learn what they want to learn... and isn't that what God is telling us here?  God will answer our questions.  He will help us find what we seek.  He will open the doors where we request entry.  But we have to do those things.  We have to knock, ask, and seek.  And truthfully, we probably wouldn't value it if we didn't have to work for it some... if he just dropped it in our laps, we would rebel or ignore it... which we know from the way that we treat all the scriptures and prophetic insights that we already have.  We have all of these resources, but most of the time it doesn't touch us until it coincides with what we want to know right now.  Today, let's try this.  Let's ask God some specific questions.  Let's look for the answers.  Let's knock on God's door, and never give up.  He will answer.

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