Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Alma 5:7 -- On Awaking Unto God

"Behold, he changed their hearts; yea, he awakened them out of a deep sleep, and they awoke unto God. Behold, they were in the midst of darkness; nevertheless, their souls were illuminated by the light of the everlasting word; yea, they were encircled about by the bands of death, and the chains of hell, and an everlasting destruction did await them."
Alma 5:7

The "their" in the first statement is referring to ancestors, specifically in reference to their ancestors as written about in the scriptures.  I really like the images here of God changing our hearts and awakening us out of sleep.  We so often don't really have a good handle on what we're missing with reference to God.  We're in darkness, and encircled by the bands of death and the chains of hell and we don't even realize it.  Until we really connect with God, we think it's just life... it kind of stinks in spots, but that is the way it is.

With God though, *everything* changes.  The possibilities multiply.  Hope blossoms.  If we can't seem to learn to love, or overcome a challenge, God will help us.  Even during the low points, God is there to strengthen us and teach us. He shows us the light in the darkness and changes our hearts for us, if we are willing to let him shape us.

Now that we know about God, let's not walk blindly into that everlasting destruction.  Let's awake unto God.  Let's allow him to show us the hope and the light and the endless possibilities that we could never otherwise see.

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