Saturday, June 11, 2016

Today's Favorite Verse: D&C 22:4

Today's Favorite Verse: Doctrine & Covenants 22:4
"Wherefore, enter ye in at the gate, as I have commanded, and seek not to counsel your God. Amen."

This verse made me think of a story Elder M. Russell Ballard related on his Facebook page on May 27th. It has been playing in my mind every since. 

"I have a dear friend who was dying of severe bone cancer. We served missions in Europe 65 years ago.
"Russ," he said, "tell God to let me die."
I replied, "I am not going to tell God to do anything, and neither are you! It doesn't work that way. But I will give you a blessing to see what Father will have you do at this time."
He said, "Well, if that is all you are going to do, then OK." Shortly thereafter, he died.
My point in sharing this story is that we should never tell our Father what to do. I happen to believe that God must have a glorious sense of humor. People order Him around in prayers all the time! I often hear those prayers and think God must smile and think, "Someday they will understand."
We should ask God for guidance and be patient. Move forward step by step in the plan of salvation and perform whatever He asks you to do. It is simple: have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in His plan for you."

I think God's telling me I order him around to much. I need a season of just expressing gratitude. Nothing brings his spirit closer than when I express my gratitude for all that he has blessed me with. Then my heart is ready to listen to his counsel with ears that hear, and eyes that see.

Day 441

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