Monday, October 17, 2016

D&C 88:63 -- On Seeking and Knocking and Welcoming

"Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."
D&C 88:63

This is a very hopeful verse I think, no matter where we are with our spirituality. It tells us that God will match our efforts... that if we move closer to him, he will move closer to us.  Thus, every effort we make is effectively doubled.  Of course the fact that God matches and magnifies our efforts doesn't mean that we don't have to actually make an effort.  Zero doubled is still zero, and that gap between God and man requires us to seek him "diligently."  If we do though, he promises that we will find him.  No diligent search for God comes up empty.  He isn't hiding from us.

In Revelation 3:20, God tells us that he is standing at the door already, and if we will open the door, he will come in.  God wants to be in our lives, but we have to let him in.  We have to make that effort, and open our minds and our hearts to him.  We have to start welcoming rather than resisting.

Welcoming God into our lives can be hard.  If we don't know God, or think that he is mean or cruel, then we won't want him in our lives.  If we aren't friends, then we might want him to just give us something and go away so that we can live our lives.  It's as we get to know him that we realize that he is family, that he is part of us, and we want to welcome him... and diligently seek him.

Today, let's knock on God's door, as he is knocking on ours.  Let's draw near, and ask to be part of God's life... his family.  Let's work on overcoming our resistance and our pride in wanting everything to go our own way, and realize that God is doing everything possible to help us.  Let's trust his way, and welcome him into our lives.

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