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Leading up to Christmas – Day 12

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Helaman 16:17-18

“And they began to reason and to contend among themselves, saying:

That it is not reasonable that such a being as a Christ shall come; if so, and he be the Son of God, the Father of heaven and of earth, as it has been spoken, why will he not show himself unto us as well as unto them who shall be at Jerusalem?”

How often do we try to think like God?  Do we set certain expectations of Him in order to believe in Him?  How can I possibly know what He knows?  He has the “big picture”.  I only have my small view.  Isn’t it like a child not understanding why her parents tell her not to run out into the street?  From my childhood experience, it was fun to run down the slight slope of the driveway and then level off or go back up as I hit the street.  But my parents could see the “big picture”.  They knew what streets were used for.  They could also visualize future danger for me.  I did not have the experience, or the height, to “see” the future possibilities.  I may have asked “why” and even received an answer.  But, without the experience, I didn’t fully understand.  I had to learn faith.  Obedience was the safest path.  If I call that “blind obedience”, would being hit by a car make me have more faith?  I might be more obedient.   But if I didn’t have faith that my parent’s had my best interest in mind, I bet I could also convince myself that they arranged for the car to hit me.  My parents didn’t use that method of teaching and I don’t believe that God does either.  There are natural consequences to our actions.  We live in a mortal world.  Sometimes bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people.  But I can’t let that keep me from believing God and Christ and having faith that They have my best interest in mind.  They know the “big picture”.

Leading up to Christmas – Day 4

<– Day 3                                                        Day 5 –>

Helaman 14:5

And behold, there shall a new star arise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you.

Doll Pin Nativity
Doll Pin Nativity

How many times, in the scriptures, have people seen angels or other great wonders and then immediately or later doubted what they saw?  It’s human nature to try to apply our own reasoning to explain what we’ve seen.  God gave us a brain for a reason.  We should use it!  But aren’t we always learning and gaining knowledge so we can increase our reasoning ability?  So how do we know the truth?  God and Jesus Christ are the source of all truth.  The Holy Spirit communicates truth to us.  So he is an important part of being prepared to see, hear or experience the signs around us.  If we have the Holy Spirit as our constant companion, the signs are another witness of Christ and they help build our faith in Him.  Part of our reasoning things out needs to be “what do I feel?”  It also needs to include prayer to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ to know the truth.  Through the Holy Spirit, we will know their answer.