Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mosiah 7:29-33 -- On Consequences and Deliverance

"For behold, the Lord hath said: I will not succor my people in the day of their transgression; but I will hedge up their ways that they prosper not; and their doings shall be as a stumbling block before them.
And again, he saith: If my people shall sow filthiness they shall reap the chaff thereof in the whirlwind; and the effect thereof is poison.
And again he saith: If my people shall sow filthiness they shall reap the east wind, which bringeth immediate destruction.
And now, behold, the promise of the Lord is fulfilled, and ye are smitten and afflicted.
But if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage."
Mosiah 7:29-33

I think that when we think of our choices we often discount consequences.  We only think I want this, I want that, and we don't think of the effort involved, the things that can't work together, or the later effect on our lives.  Here, God is telling us, warning us, of some of the consequences of sin.  He gave us the ability to choose, but we also have to know that one way is good and the other is bad... and if we choose the bad, we have to expect that bad things might happen.  On the other hand, if we choose the good, then good things will happen.  We can even be saved from our past poor choices.
Today, let's think about the results of our choices.  Let's realize that we can't have everything.  Sin and Heaven don't go together.  We have to give up one to get the other.  Let's turn to God, and change our ways.  If we are willing to turn to him, trust him, and serve him with diligence, he will deliver us, even from chains that we have forged for ourselves.

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