Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Proverbs 6:23 -- On Walking Together

"For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:"
Proverbs 6:23

This struck me today because it seemed so perfectly true.  Life is so confusing sometimes, and one of the biggest mistakes we make is thinking that we know enough to make our own way... that we're big and grown up and we can do it all ourselves.  The truth is, compared to God we really aren't very grown up at all, and we really need each other.  We need our parents (which this chapter talks about prior to this verse) and families, our friends, our neighbors (everyone), and we especially need God.  His commandments are a map for our lives, and also the light that illuminates the way.

Neal A. Maxwell said that we are each other's clinical experience.  Being here together on this earth helps us to learn from one another... we refine each other as we learn to live together, to get along, to cooperate and make choices not just for ourselves, but ones that will benefit others.  As we reprove each other (hopefully as gently as possible), and are reproved by God, we learn how to be less selfish, to consider other people's wants and needs.  We learn to see things from other perspectives.

Today, let's reach out for the help that is always there.  Let's walk with God rather than striking out aimlessly into the darkness.  Let's also help each other stay on the path and work to comfort people who've come back from being lost in the darkness for too long.  Let's be thankful that with God and each other, we don't ever have to go it alone.

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