Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Don't Ask for More than You can Handle

Today I read Psalms 59 - 62.  The statement that I liked was "if riches increase, set not your heart upon them".  I have never been a well to do man when it comes to riches of the world and I have often wondered why that is.  As I have grown older and increased in wisdom and gospel knowledge, I have come to understand that very few people can navigate the choppy waters that is wealth.  Money is just as hard a trial for most of us to handle as is the Law of Chastity or Word of Wisdom.  As Brigham Young is reported as saying once, his biggest fear would be that the members of the church would gain wealth and lose their testimonies.  I am paraphrasing of course.  But the idea that one of the biggest stumbling blocks to a testimony is wealth is hard to accept until you think about the times in your life when you turned to God or felt you needed His help the most.  Was it when things were going your way, or when a calamity had just struck?  Most likely it was when things were at their worst.  Most of us would not turn to God if we were wealthy, it is a trial we could not handle, and God has promised that He will never give us a trial that we can't handle, so we should not pester Him about it.  We should be happy with our own trials and not wish for those we are not prepared for.  Until tomorrow.

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