This week Lindon brought to my attention a quote in January’s Ensign that I should have included in my last post “The Crux of the Entire Matter – A Humbling Is Coming”.
After reading the quote I couldn’t agree with him more. So I thought I would include it an addendum to the post.
Before I post the quote I feel I need to preface it a bit. Remember I said I didn’t want to get into my opinions regarding the politics of the turbulent election we just went through? Well, I still don’t. But, if I were to say ANYTHING, this following quote would be the thing I would want to say:
To be valiant in the testimony of Jesus is to take the Lord’s side on every issue. It is to vote as he would vote. It is to think what he thinks, to believe what he believes, to say what he would say and do what he would do in the same situation. It is to have the mind of Christ and be one with him as he is one with his Father. (Jan. 2017 Ensign, pg. 68. Bruce R. McConkie, Be Valiant in the Fight of Faith, Nov. 1974, General Conference)
I think that pretty much sums it up. Now the big burning question is: What does Jesus think, what does He believe, what does He say, and what’s on His mind?
That my friends is your homework on EVERY SINGLE ISSUE of your life. If you know the answer to that question, and act accordingly, everything will be alright.
And interestingly enough as I was looking up the reference on that last quote I came across this quote that I think fits perfectly:
George Albert Smith often repeated the counsel his grandfather used to give to his family: “There is a line of demarcation well defined between the Lord’s territory and the devil’s territory. If you will remain on the Lord’s side of the line, the adversary cannot come there to tempt you. … But … if you cross onto the devil’s side of the line, you are in his territory … and he will work on you to get you just as far from that line as he possibly can, knowing that he can only succeed in destroying you by keeping you away from the place where there is safety” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1945, 118).
George Albert Smith said that he used this counsel throughout his life to guide his choices: “When I have been tempted sometimes to do a certain thing, I have asked myself, “Which side of the line am I on?”
This sort of reminds me of the story in the Bible of Gideon and his small but mighty army. Do you remember the story? It’s a fabulous story, give it a read when you have some time (Judges 6-7).
The part I’d like to make mention of was that Gideon, by direction of the Lord had culled down his army from 32,000 to only 300 men. The Midianites were numerous (like grasshopper for number), and he only had 300 men. But following the direction of the Lord, each of those 300 perfectly obeyed, and they were successful in conquering the Midianites:
21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp…(Judges7:21, emphasis added)
They each stood in their place. Where was that? Where the Lord had commanded them to stand.
And where are we to stand? Valiantly, in the Lord’s territory.
Ask, seek, knock, stand.
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