Friday, August 26, 2016

Helaman 5:12-13 -- On Storms and Solidity

"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
And it came to pass that these were the words which Helaman taught to his sons; yea, he did teach them many things which are not written, and also many things which are written."
Helaman 5:12-13

There are a lot of cool ideas in here.  The idea of the devil sending whirlwinds and storms into our lives is a big one.  This is something that Lehi's dream addresses as well: storms are going to come into our lives no matter who we are, or how righteous we are.  The difference is going to be in how we handle it, and how we weather it.  Lehi's dream talks about holding to the iron rod as the way to weather it, and this is similar: building our foundations on the rock of Christ.  Both mean that we need to hold to God and his gospel, and we can make it through.  Lehi's dream makes it seem like more of a struggle, but this verse shows us that it can actually be a triumph of sorts... that it will have "no power" over us, and that if we build on this foundation that we "cannot fall."  I love those absolutes.  It offers real confidence that if we put Christ at the center of our lives, and base everything else we do on that core, that the storms can come as much as they like, but they will never be able to touch us, because we're safe and solid.

I like the fact that this is part of what Helaman taught to his sons, and that he wrote it down so that others could benefit.  I think that is an excellent lesson for us as well.  Not just learning to weather the storms and stand firm in life, but *sharing* that knowledge with others... spreading it around, and giving everyone a little bit more stability. That's really what spreading the gospel is about... not pressuring people or making them uncomfortable, but helping them to gain the blessings... the knowledge, happiness, power, and stability that everyone can have when they embrace Christ and his plan of happiness and salvation.

Today, let's build on the sure foundation of Christ, and let's share our experiences with others, so that they can gain that same confidence and solidity in the midst of the storms of life.

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