Monday, December 31, 2007

the iron rod

Yea, we see that whosoever will may lay hold upon the word of God, which is quick and powerful, which shall divide asunder all the cunning and the snares and the wiles of the devil, and lead the man of Christ in a strait and narrow course across that everlasting gulf of misery which is prepared to engulf the wicked — Helaman 3:29

I've spent a lot of time pondering this scripture lately.  Often when we read scriptures we may understand the basic concepts of the verse.  The implications often seem logical and the consequence of long term value.  The more I ponder this verse however, I recognize by the spirit and from my own observations that the promises are very specific and very literal.  

When we embrace the scriptures and really lay hold upon them, our ability to resist Satan's snares and cunning comes almost immediately—swiftly—promptly.   We very quickly gain the literal power to divide apart or to separate ourselves from temptation.  Our power to swiftly turn away from sin becomes real and acute.

I have seen specific evidence of this in our family and as an individual when entrenched in the scriptures.  When I have been casual in my scripture study the companionship of the Holy Ghost has been weak.  When I have demonstrated diligence and consistency, my ability to resist temptation, enticement to sin, and even the frequency of temptation is greatly reduced, almost immediately.

My most urgent desire is for all whom are dear to me, to lay hold of the word of God so that we all may swiftly and safely navigate across the gulf of misery.  No matter what our challenges, weaknesses, habits, cravings or sorrows may be, we all have a quick and powerful way to peace and true happiness. 

Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me. — D & C 19:23

1 comment:

Amy said...

Dad, thanks for this post!