Monday, December 9, 2019

D&C 111:11 -- On Wisdom, Folly, and Divine Parenting

"Therefore, be ye as wise as serpents and yet without sin; and I will order all things for your good, as fast as ye are able to receive them. Amen."
Doctrine and Covenants 111:11


At the beginning of this section God tells the brethren "I, the Lord your God, am not displeased with your coming this journey, notwithstanding your follies," and this verse is at the end.  To me, it seems like God's reaction to a lot of the things that we do... telling us that it's okay even though we probably could have done better, and then teaching us a bunch of stuff anyway, wherever we are at that moment.  And then he reminds us that he is behind us and will help us as fast as we can move forward.

Now of course, sometimes we really screw up and he chastises us, or we have to work really hard to repent... I'm not discounting the importance of those times either.  Repentance is the way to free ourselves from those sins that clog our thoughts and our lives with shame and regret.

I like this a little better though... a subtle nudge to do better, to go faster, to be better. :)  And love beyond reason. :)  Today, let's be thankful for divine parenting and infinite love, no matter the situation, as God reaches and helps us every single time we reach out to him.

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