Tuesday, January 5, 2016

D&C 88:41 -- On God and All Things

"He comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him; and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things; and all things are by him, and of him, even God, forever and ever."
Doctrine and Covenants 88:41

Sometimes we fall into the whole "God is just like us" idea, and although it is true that we are similar in many ways, being God's children, I think we forget the immensity of the whole "God" thing.  Reading this verse, I think that he is just so far beyond us that it's kind of like an ant trying to compare himself to the sun, or fight against it, or become it.  I don't mean that trying to become like God is hopeless... it's more than worth it for what we are beginning to become as we learn, and if we want to work for it, eventually somewhere in eternity we can get there.  But it is going to require a long time and a lot of miracles that are beyond our power.  We can only become like God as God teaches us how.
God comprehends ALL things.  That's amazing.  And we think that we are super smart sometimes, but it's laughable to think that we approach God's knowledge even in our best subjects.  He's through all things, and yet they are all before and round about him, but he is round about them... all things are of him.  It's confusing and yet it makes sense on some spiritual level... that God is part of and in charge of everything, which is why he can promise us things like "all things shall work together for your good" (D&C 90:24).
Today, let's not diminish the idea of God in our minds by imagining that he is less than perfect, or that he can't fulfill every promise he makes.  He created us, and everything around us.  He can keep a promise.  Let's have faith in him, and proper respect for the awesome idea of God, who is so much smarter and bigger and cooler than anything we could imagine.

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