Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Just a quick thought
I constantly learn things through my personal scripture study- as I know we all do. I just wanted to share something with you that struck me a couple of weeks ago. I was reading Alma 17 and in verse 10 it says, "And it came to pass that the Lord did visit them with his Spirit and said unto them: Be comforted. And they were comforted." That last part is the key. I wonder how many times we ask the Lord for peace and comfort when we are faced with trials only to keep complaining when the Lord sends us what we asked for instead of removing the hardships we face? When the Lord comforted Ammon and his brethren, they didn't ask for their lives to be any easier, they instead were content in the knowledge that the Lord was aware of them and would bless them in spite of the fact that they would have many afflictions. This really begs the question, is it possible to be at peace when we are being tossed about by the winds of Satan? I believe the answer is a resounding yes. I think about Joseph Smith's prayer from Liberty Jail and the Lord responding to him that his trials were but for a moment and if he endured them faithfully he would be blessed beyond measure. We must keep our eyes on the prize and allow ourselves to be comforted with the knowledge that if we endure all things well, we will be admitted into the presence of the Lord.