Sunday, August 15, 2010
More on Ether 12
A few follow up thoughts from the post the other day titled Faith Hope and an Anchor.
I think here the story of David and Goliath applies. If we don't view the situation, challenge or problem of our life in the light of faith and Gods presence, it will be difficult if not impossible to gain from the experience what is possible to gain from it. Speaking of David from the Old Testament. David did not see the encounter with Goliath as a battle between himself a mere boy and a giant. He saw it as the Lords battle. (1 Sam. 17: 45) Our job is not often to move the mountain, to move the trial or fix the circumstances. Often we need to use our agency and be wise but our job is to have faith in the Lord. The rest is the Lords problem. Our job is to persist in faith. So what do you do when you've exhausted all options and still feeling horrible? Then is when a truly humble prayer yields further light and knowledge. (D&C 112: 10) The Lord keeps his word. But it has to be obtained personally.
I think the events of Christ's life were easier said than done. I think He and we knew about the challenges that would confront us during our earth life. But actually experiencing them in a mortal body with all the doubts, challenges, pains, and problems of life is quite a different thing that on paper, or in theory. But it does give the opportunity for faith hope and knowledge.
To realize the worth of the anchor,
We need to feel the stress of the storm.
For a more complete discussion of this topic, and the David and Goliath part I talked about and paraphrased see The Second Comforter.