Monday, February 15, 2016

Alma 37:38-40 -- On Miracles

"And now, my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the thing which our fathers call a ball, or director—or our fathers called it Liahona, which is, being interpreted, a compass; and the Lord prepared it.
And behold, there cannot any man work after the manner of so curious a workmanship. And behold, it was prepared to show unto our fathers the course which they should travel in the wilderness.
And it did work for them according to their faith in God; therefore, if they had faith to believe that God could cause that those spindles should point the way they should go, behold, it was done; therefore they had this miracle, and also many other miracles wrought by the power of God, day by day."
Alma 37:38-40

Sometimes we read things like this and we think, darn.  Why can't we have something cool like that?  I mean, think of all of those cool scriptural items... the actual brass plates, or the golden plates, or Laban's sword, or the Liahona, or the Ark of the Covenant, or the tablets that the 10 Commandments were written on, or Moses' staff, or one of the trumpets from knocking down Jericho... so many things.  We want that tactile reassurance.  We want to see them in a museum... to be *certain* about all of this.  And you know, I was thinking wow, how cool would that be to have a Liahona as I was reading this.  But in many ways, don't we already?  Yes, very true, we don't have the tactile item.  But we have God's guidance and his communication, and that does, and *always* has worked according to our faith in God, and the heed that we give to him.  ... It would be remarkably cool to also have the technological item, and while we're at it, maybe we could just get an app where God sends us advice from time to time.  ... But truthfully, we have that too.  It's just the scripture app, and it works when we choose to use it.  So, today, let's have faith anyway.  Let's the faith to make the device work, to read the writing, to move the spindle, to blow the trumpet, to read the tablets, to keep the covenant, to serve the Lord.  Let's remember that the proof doesn't come before the faith.  Let's remember that we can't see everything that God can see, and let's work with the miracles we already have.

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