Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Joseph Smith—History 1:75 -- On Hope and Open Eyes

"Man may deceive his fellow-men, deception may follow deception, and the children of the wicked one may have power to seduce the foolish and untaught, till naught but fiction feeds the many, and the fruit of falsehood carries in its current the giddy to the grave; but one touch with the finger of his love, yes, one ray of glory from the upper world, or one word from the mouth of the Savior, from the bosom of eternity, strikes it all into insignificance, and blots it forever from the mind."
Joseph Smith—History 1:75 (paragraph 8, sentence 3)

This is Oliver Cowdery after trying to describe what seeing an angel was like.  I really like this particular selection because I think that it points out the very important fact that bad can never overcome good.  Clouds and darkness come, and they scare us.  We feel overwhelmed sometimes; we can't see the hope.  But just like Baalam (Numbers 22:31) and Elisha's servant (2 Kings 6:17) had to have God open their eyes, so it is with us.  There is bright hope all around us, if we just have the power to see it.

Today, let's remember that God is always there, lighting the way and clearing our path back to him.  We might not be able to see it or feel it yet, but it is always, always true.  One breath of heaven can wipe away every chain of hell, if we are willing to let it go.  Let's never believe the lie that there is no hope.  Let's look to God, and ask him to open our eyes, and our minds, and our hearts.  Let's trust in God's love, and help others to see it as well.

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