If you’re like me, you can’t help but be a little concerned about current affairs, both at home and abroad. The news is bad, and getting worse everyday.
And if you’ve read Isaiah in-depth, you understand that what we’re seeing now is barely the tip of the iceberg.
This may have been what Heber C. Kimball (a counselor to Pres. Brigham Young) had in mind in 1856, when he warned the Saints that the time would come when no man nor woman would be able to endure on borrowed light. Each must gain a personal knowledge of the truth and be guided by the light within himself/herself.
Yet his statement begs the question: how much light do we seek? Do we seek the “bare minimum”, perhaps just enough light to get by spiritually? Or do we rely solely on the light obtained by church leaders, book authors and such?
This may be why many tend to limit their potential experiences with the Lord. We may cast stones at ourselves because of our past or present, believing we are not worthy of greater light.
Despite your past or your present, the Lord’s message to you never wavers. He sees in you far, far greater potential — more than you can comprehend. He is more kind, more loving, more understanding, more forgiving, more motivating than you can imagine. He is your best best friend, who gave His life for you. He stands beside you, rejoicing in every little step you take in the right direction. He never gives up on you.
He is always inviting you, beckoning you to do these three things:
Aim Higher. Reach Farther. Attain Greater.
I invite you to not only see, but also feel, what He is saying to you:
“Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you.” (D&C 88:63)
“Seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” (D&C 88:63)
“Sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God, and the days will come that you shall see him; for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will.” (D&C 88:68)
(Then there’s my favorite scripture, which we will discuss in-depth at some point in the future):
“Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am;” (D&C 93:1; emphasis mine)
Yes, despite being that imperfect person with a lifetime of sins and weaknesses, He is anxious for you, He repeatedly invites you, to seek Him like you never have before. And in so doing, someday, you will see His face. You will hear Him call you by name. You will taste the fruit which many, many others (past and present) have tasted as you melt in His arms, with tears streaming down your face, and know that He lives.
Spiritually create that moment. Return to it over and over again — and fully expect the physical moment to happen…