Friday, January 29, 2016

Mormon 9:7-9 -- On Consistency, Revelation, and Miracles

"And again I speak unto you who deny the revelations of God, and say that they are done away, that there are no revelations, nor prophecies, nor gifts, nor healing, nor speaking with tongues, and the interpretation of tongues;
Behold I say unto you, he that denieth these things knoweth not the gospel of Christ; yea, he has not read the scriptures; if so, he does not understand them.
For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing?"
Mormon 9:7-9

One of the cool things about God (of which there are probably an infinite amount, given) is that he is consistent and stable.  That's a rare thing in our society, and even if we have achieved that in our lives, we didn't start out that way.  It's a hard and long lesson which I think most of us have only begun to learn.  It's something that women are accused of a lot, but it is definitely not a gender-specific problem.  We all have problems sometimes with our tempers and our moods and reacting calmly and rationally *all* the time, not just when things are ideal.  And, knowing our variableness, it's even more amazing that God is so patient and calm and awesome to us, even when we overreact and misbehave.  He is a good parent to us as we throw temper tantrums because we can't have our way.
One of the great ways that God is consistent is by helping us know and understand things ahead of time.  He does this through personal revelation, and through prophets.  He didn't just do this for our ancestors and then decide that we weren't worth treating as well. :)  He's still there for us, helping us and warning us, and teaching us how to make the world a better place.  He's also consistent in still doing miracles for us.  Doesn't mean he is going to let us sit on the couch while he goes and does all of the hard work of life for us.  We have to learn it... that's kind of the point.  But it does mean that when we can't solve things for ourselves that he will help us, and when it is appropriate, he will step in and solve the problem for us.
Today, let's work on having faith in God, and recognizing that he is always going to be there for us, and that we can trust him to be the same from one day to the next.  Let's not doubt God just because we don't always have that kind of consistency in our own lives. :)

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