Monday, August 8, 2016

2 Nephi 21:3 -- On Learning God's Perspective

"And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord; and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears."
2 Nephi 21:3

This is Jacob quoting Isaiah, a prophecy about Christ.  I like the ideas here about the fear of the Lord, and not judging by eyes and ears.  I think fear largely means respect here, not being afraid of, but respecting, honoring, and building a relationship with Heavenly Father.  This is definitely something that is important in all of our lives, and partly for the reasons that are stated later... we deceive ourselves sometimes by trusting our eyes and ears more than we trust God.  We believe too much in despair and in sadness and in corruption and inequity already.  We don't need to believe in it more because we see it every day.  Instead, we need to trust God who can teach us to see the goodness, happiness, love, and hope in the world.  He can teach us to *be* that hope, and through him we can see light and miracles.

Today, let's walk in the footsteps of Christ, and place our trust not in our own senses and emotions, but in God, who grants us a greater perspective.

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