Sunday, September 1, 2013

God Teaches Us Line Upon Line

Today I read Isaiah 28 and here Isaiah teaches us an eternal principle of revelation.  Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave a talk a few years ago about revelation.  He said that similar to light brightening up a sky or a room, revelation can either be gradual, a little bit at a time, or all at once, similar to turning on a light switch in a darkened room.  Isaiah also teaches us this principle, that we are taught line upon line, here a little and there a little.  Believe it or not, it is my understanding and belief that Heavenly Father does this for our own protection.

He who sinneth against the greater light, hath the greater condemnation, the scriptures state.  The reason Heavenly Father instructs us only a little at a time is so that if we sin against what light and knowledge we have, it is not as detrimental to our development as if we had a full understanding of the Gospel.  Heavenly Father is a Just God and He wants to do right by His children.  Just like I would not hold my 3 year old accountable to the same level I would a teenager, He doesn't want to have to punish us for sinning against concepts we are not yet ready for, either mentally or spiritually!  This is yet another of God's tender mercies that Nephi talked about in the Book of Mormon.  Far from being frustrated that God does not tell us the enter plan right out of the starting gate, we should fall to our knees and thank Him with every fiber of our being that He is wise enough to give us only a little at a time until we prove we can handle what He has already given us.  Don't yearn for things you don't understand.  You don't know what you are asking for.  Until tomorrow.

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