Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Mormon 9:11 -- On a God of Miracles

"But behold, I will show unto you a God of miracles, even the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and it is that same God who created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are."
Mormon 9:11

This is a great chapter, and this part is explaining that a God who is unchanging, consistent, and perfect, as God is, wouldn't just stop doing miracles, or talking to prophets.  I like this verse because it emphasizes a couple of things.  This is the same God who created everything... it isn't as though he doesn't have the power.  And this is the same God who talked to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob... who has been our God from the beginning of time.
The fact that he is perfect and consistent is something that is hard for us to grasp, since we tend to think of God as similar to us... fallible, uncertain, mistake-prone.  But God is better than that, and better than we can be in this life.  Understanding that idea... of God as capital letter GOD and not as some nicer version of a rich grandfather, is really important, because until we get that, we are still thinking about what can we get, or how can we play this, or what can we say that will get the most favorable response.  But God knows us, perfectly.  He made this world, all of it, with a plan, taking into account all of time... past, present, future.  He didn't just start it up and watch to see what would happen.  He isn't fallible like that.  He's GOD.  And he is the God of our fathers, and he is a God of miracles.  Let's take that seriously today.  Let's go to him in prayer and get to know him, as Abraham and all the prophets have.  Let's learn from him and walk in his paths, and become more like him.  He is God, after all... we'll never accomplish more without him than we can with him. Today, let's not worry that God used to talk to man but somehow decided to stop.  Let's remember that God is still a God of miracles, and that we can ask for and receive his help in our lives.  God can help us to change and overcome our problems, no matter how impossible it sometimes seems.  

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