Monday, April 2, 2018

2 Nephi 9:29 -- On Priorities

"But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God."
2 Nephi 9:29

The verse before this talks about how much trouble being learned can get us in... thinking that we are wise and not listening to God like we should.  Here though, it acknowledges that being learned can also be a good thing, as long as we are putting the Lord first, and listening to God.

I think most things are like this.  We can get ourselves into whole heaps of trouble when we start thinking that we can handle things ourselves and that we don't need God.  Our knowledge, popularity, wealth, beauty, intelligence, talents, desires, attitudes, friendships, family, possessions, travels, and so much more, can all get in between us and God, or trip us if we put those things first.

However, if we put things into their proper places and make sure that the Lord is always first, so many of those things can be incredible blessings in our lives and the lives of others.  Not saying that we never have to sacrifice things, because sometimes we do (especially sin), and we always need to be *willing* to sacrifice things that get between us and the Lord.  But often the problem is priorities.

Today, let's be willing to listen to the Lord, and make sure that everything in our lives, no matter how important to us, takes a back seat to God.  As we put God first, everything will be better and the things that we still have in our lives will be sweeter, because they are in the right place, and things that we can righteously include in our God-focused lives.

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