Wednesday, April 8, 2015

D&C 136:41-42 -- On Reasons for Obedience

"Now, therefore, hearken, O ye people of my church; and ye elders listen together; you have received my kingdom.
Be diligent in keeping all my commandments, lest judgments come upon you, and your faith fail you, and your enemies triumph over you. So no more at present. Amen and Amen."
Doctrine and Covenants 136:41-42

I like it when the Lord tells us why.  I think he tells us why frequently, but we don't always see it as why.  Instead we misinterpret it as a threat.  Here, God is not threatening us with judgments or anything else.  He's warning us and trying to save us from these consequences of disobedience.  If we are disobedient, we're going to walk into trouble.  God knows that, and we know that if we take the time to think about it.  It's so much easier for our faith to fail if we aren't doing what it takes to maintain it and strengthen it, and when we choose not to have God's power in our lives, then we leave ourselves open and vulnerable to our enemies.
Today, let's remember that obedience, rather than being a burden, is meant as a protection and a safety to us.  Let's treat it that way, and be diligent in being obedient and staying close to God.

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