Saturday, May 20, 2017

Alma 37:37 -- On Counseling with the Lord

"Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day."
Alma 37:37

I love this verse.  To me, it seems like a variation on the admonition to "pray always" (Luke 21:36, etc.), but in a somewhat more structured way.  God gives us some specifics, like lying down unto the Lord when we go to sleep, and rising unto the Lord when we wake up.  The in-between part I think is also assumed--that we should be living unto the Lord with every breath and step and moment of our lives.

That's hard for us sometimes, because we aren't used to that constant contact with God.  We structure our lives with more division and separation than that.  This is our time, and that is God's time.  However, as we grow in the gospel, those things have to start bleeding together a little, and eventually, we'll learn that we have God with us always, during our time and his, and that there really doesn't need to be difference between them except perhaps in terms of Sabbath observance. :)   Part of learning to give our wills to him is learning to include him in all that we do... and also learning that his solutions to our problems are so much better than ours are that it's actually kind of funny/scary to think of trying to live live alone.

Today, let's counsel with the Lord about whatever is going on with us.  It doesn't matter what it is, God *does* want to hear it.  He loves us, and he wants to be part of every moment of our lives.  Plus, he can help.  There isn't anyone in the universe better to bounce things off of.  He will direct us for good.  Let's go to sleep with him in our hearts and minds, and let's think of him as we awake.  Let's work with him to be good, and be thankful to be able to have God as our companion and guide through life.

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