Sunday, December 5, 2010

Do you see what I see?

The Lord said, "Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation. For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand. It can definitely seem hard in the moment, but if we don't seem to understand something that is happening in our life that is usually a good indication that we need to find out what the Lord would have us do, because this is a growing time, a time in which God is designing our life. We have two choices at this point; we can either accept God's design, inquire what it is and find out what we can do to help and ease the pain of growing by pushing along where we can or we can sit in the mud and get muddy. As surely as the Lord God lives the glory will come only after the tribluation. Some have paid that price well beforehand, some have been paying that price a little bit every day of their lives, and some of us pay that price all at once with one event. The ways in which we have our tribulation allotted are the way in which the Lord sees that we can handle it best. If he had some of us that had to wade through affliction everyday, we might just give up, and those who wade through a little every day may crumble if it were dumped on them at once. At times it can seem overwhelming for anyone, but when that happened to the Savior what did He do? And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. He recognized that God had the power to change things, He told Heavenly Father how He wanted Him to change things, and He finally let Heavenly Father know that if there was no other way that He would still pass through the suffering. There is no anger, no malice, no accusation, no doubt. There is a firm decree of the omnipotence and omniscience of God, and a willingness to do whatever is required. Once we fully develop that we will no longer suffer needlessly, but we will be granted the lager picture of why those we love must suffer or even sometimes be taken from us. We will see the mercy of God, and shortly thereafter the Glory.

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