You know those days when you’re searching for an answer in the scriptures, and you open to a scripture that tells you to be humble… And you don’t really want to be humble… So you try to find a different scripture… And that one tells you to be humble, too… So you try again and you keep trying… But all Heavenly Father really wants to tell you today is, “Be humble!”?
I’m having one of those days.
However, I’m not going to write about how Heavenly Father wants me to be humble, because we all know about that already! I’m going to write about how no matter what it is that we need to hear personally, turning to the scriptures allows Heavenly Father the opportunity to share it with us.
Sometimes, He teaches us by the example of our fellow saints of ancient days. Sometimes, He comforts us with words that have applied to countless broken hearts through the ages. Sometimes, we read a totally obscure story that doesn’t seem to relate to anything, but somehow one specific line in the middle of the seventh verse allows the Spirit to testify to our hearts- With exactly what we needed to hear.
Heavenly Father knows each of us, and he wants to give us what we need. Today, this is what I needed:
Alma 7:23 And now I would that ye should be ahumble, and be bsubmissiveand gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive. 24 And see that ye have afaith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.
Alma 32:25 For I do not mean that ye all of you have been compelled to humble yourselves; for I verily believe that there are some among you who would humble themselves, let them be in whatsoever circumstances they might.
3 Nephi 6:13 Some were lifted up in pride, and others were exceedingly humble; some did return railing for railing, while others would receive railing and persecution and all manner of afflictions, and would not turn and revile again, but were humble and penitent before God.
Mosiah 21:13 And they did humble themselves even to the dust, subjecting themselves to the yoke of bondage, submitting themselves to be smitten, and to be driven to and fro, and burdened, according to the desires of their enemies.
…Get the idea? 🙂