Friday, August 19, 2011

WE TALK OF CHRIST: A PEOPLE PREPARED

Dieu vous bénisse (God bless you)
I am preparing myself to learn, and immerse myself in the French language and culture.
It seems that “language” has been an unofficial buzzword for me lately. I have enjoyed the process of learning about the “language “of our Heavenly Father and how he chooses to communicate with us. In my last 2 posts I was inspired to write about the confusion of the language in Babel (there was only one at that time), and the dispersion of the peoples. Their subsequent fate and the fate of their posterity rested on whether they would call out to God for help and forgiveness as the Jaradites did, or would they suffer as the people of Zarahemla, to be a group of people dispersed by the wars and captivity during the reign of King Zedekiah? They were a remnant of a larger group of Jewish people, who through years and years of wars and captivity were gradually becoming worn down. They did not keep records of their families, they assimilated into the cultures of their captors, spoke the language of their captors and thus put on the “name” of their captors instead of taking on the “name” and the language of Christ. But God had a plan. Even in his wrath against the constant evil that men do, He still loved them/us. His plan was always to prosper us and not hurt us. What restraint He continues to show us.
I have a better insight as to how the children of Israel could “wander” in the “wilderness” for 40 years, only to not be allowed into the “promised land”. The first generation of those people all died and did not have the opportunity to live in the land of promise. The Lord had pronounced them a rebellious and stiff-necked people. Only their children would be allowed to cross over.

What is your experience with “wandering”?

How did the Lord help you in your search?

My own testimony continues to evolve daily. When I look back at my own search for God, my search for a sign that there was a better path to take then the one I was on, I believe that like the Jaradites, he heard my prayers, and crying out. He sent people, even my husband along with the missionaries who seemed to be always on his trail.

So my Friday scriptures are these:

Malachi 4:5-6
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
6 And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse
What is that curse? Could it be the inability to speak with Heavenly Father? Could it be dispersion of the family? Is it spiritual wandering that causes a people to:
Deut. 28:29 And thou shall grope at noonday, as the blind grope in darkness, and thou shall not prosper in thy ways: and thou shall be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee
Luke 1:16-18
16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.
17 He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
2 Nephi 27:26We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins" 
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