Saturday, July 21, 2018

Today's Favorite Verse: Proverbs 8:17

Today's Favorite Verse: Proverbs 8:17
"I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me."

The words "those that seek me early" made me pause to ponder. What does that mean?  Is it speaking of seeking the Lord in my youth?  What if I am not young, have I lost that advantage? Then the thought came to me on what a blessing it has been in my life to make the first thing I read in the morning the Book of Mormon. I have had some pretty profound scripture reading sessions in the early hours of the morning. I just love these moments of early morning scripture and prayer. Yes, I study my scriptures in the evening as I work through all the standard works. Yet those early morning moments have given me a relationship with the Lord that nothing else has. I wonder if that is what's meant by "those that seek me early"?  The Lord is first in their life.

Day 1211

Friday, July 20, 2018

Today's Favorite Verse: Proverbs 7:25-27

Today's Favorite Verse: Proverbs 7:25-27
"Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death."

This chapter is not only speaking of temptation and immorality in the mortal body. It speaks of unfaithfulness to God and spiritual death.

I often search for scriptural references. Stories or quotes that I recall and want to read again. In my search I seem to find the websites of the apostates. They are like the harlot that entices with the quotes that I seek but their price is to high. They cause the spirit to flee when I enter their house. I must and do walk away. For I will not have them soil pure doctrine. They are not the instructors that I seek. For I am looking for messengers of the Father, his prophets and apostles that speak the words of Christ. I must find other sources, and when I do I am rewarded beyond measure. I can drink deeply when I am at the right well.

Day 1210

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Today's Favorite Verse: Proverbs 6:6-9

Today's Favorite Verse: Proverbs 6:6-9
"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

This made me think of Aesop's fable "The Ant and the Grasshopper". In the context of the gospel I am the ant.

The footnote on ant refers to Proverbs 30:25
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;"

Not strong as being weak, but humble unto the Lord, and only made strong though him.

"And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weaknesses. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for it they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."
(Ether 12:27)

It made me ponder on how the ant prepares during the summer and gathers during the harvest. I actually have some hidden ants in my computer room. I have noticed how one drop of food and the ants come from out of no where to claim it for their supplies. Silently them come and go. I have no idea what makes them know food is there when a minute ago it wasn't. I was getting mad at them at first. Now I have actually found their actions rather fascinating. It has made me ponder on being guided by the spirit, and preparing needful things. Am I a spirit ant or a grasshopper? I don't want to be found slumbering while the Lord's harvest is happening. Today is the day to prepare every needful thing.

Day 1209

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Today's Favorite Verse: Proverbs 5:15

Today's Favorite Verse: Proverbs 5:15
"Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running water out of thine own well."

I know this chapter is giving warning on being faithful to your wife and not running with immoral women. But, I think it runs deeper in meaning, just like the counsel in the bible on divorce. It is also a reference I feel on being faithful to the church. When I read this verse it made me think about all the rich resources the church has given me to learn the gospel, these are the waters I need to drink deeply from. My own well of resources. This water is pure and of the best source. As I taste of other waters it can lead to being unfaithful to the knowledge that has been given.

Day 1208