Tuesday, January 20, 2015

D&C 93:28 -- On Taking the Time for Truth

"He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things."
Doctrine and Covenants 93:28

The gospel takes practice and persistence.  Sometimes I think we come to it, thinking that we need to be perfect all at once... that it is even possible to be perfect all at once.  But even Christ, our perfect example, learned progressively, a little at a time.  And that is the way it is with everything.  We can't get it all at once.  We get part of it, and we have to build on that a little at a time, until as it says in this verse, we know everything.  That is an amazing promise, but as with many other blessings, it too comes a little at a time, as we can process it, as we are ready for it.
The key here is keeping God's commandments.  Sometimes the rules seem to grate against us if we haven't learned the whys behind them yet, or even if we know why but we still want something else, necessarily far inferior to what God offers us.  It takes time to learn the whys.  It takes time to change our hearts to love God more than whatever other thing seems shiny at the time.  And it's okay.  We have time to learn, as long as we have the desire to change and are making the effort, and continuing little by little.  The way we progress is by following God.  By doing as he asks.  We're human, and it is natural to want shortcuts, but there aren't any.  We all have to walk the same road, and obedience is part of it.  When we learn other things we have to follow rules too.  We have to study and learn the material.  We have to practice, and memorize.  We have to internalize the lessons so that they stick with us, and aren't just short-term memories that we can deliver for a test and then forget.
Today, let's remember that we have time to learn, as long as we are progressing.  Let's listen to God, and add to our light and our truth daily.  Let's let go of our rebellion, our pride, and all the other things that darken our lives, and let's keep turning to the light, and continuing to learn the lessons that will eventually bring us to being "glorified in truth" and perfect knowledge through God. :)

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