Friday, April 26, 2019

Mosiah 7:29 -- On Stumbling Blocks

"For behold, the Lord hath said: I will not succor my people in the day of their transgression; but I will hedge up their ways that they prosper not; and their doings shall be as a stumbling block before them."
Mosiah 7:29

This is an interesting principle, and definitely one that we aren't very fond of when it applies to us.  In other places in the scriptures we learn that things "work together for good" (Romans 8:28, D&C 100:15) when we are in tune with God.  Here, we're informed that at least some things are working against us when we're not on the same page with him.

When we're angry we like to believe that this is because God is cruel or that he doesn't love us or that he's being unfair.  But truly, I feel like it is the loving parent that has boundaries for our behavior and is consistent about enforcing them rather than parents who bend their standards to our whims.  God teaches us not just through laws and examples, but through the consequences of our actions and attitudes.

This of course is not to say that bad things will never happen to righteous people, because they will.  We also need to learn patience, perseverance, and faith.  However, in general, God is going to pour out blessings on us when we're truly trying to live his way, and he is going to not warn us about stumbling blocks when we're on the wrong path, hoping to slow us down and give us time to make a better choice before arriving someplace we never wanted to be.

Today, let's talk to God about the smooth and the rough patches in our lives, and let's make sure we're doing what God wants us to do and going in the right direction.  Not just so that we don't stub our toes on the stumbling blocks, but because God really does care about us, and the way towards him is *always* going to be the best way.

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