Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What stops us from trusting God?

The following is a summarized excerpt from a book I've been studying, "He did deliver me from bondange."- by, Colleen C. Harrison:

I think you'll agree that she makes some excellent points concerning this topic.

"What stops us from trusting God? If God will not fail us, then why do we hesitate and resist trusting Him?

1. Looking for answers in the intellect and learning of men.
2. Fear of others' opinions or craving the esteem or approval of others.
3. Pride. Relying on our own strength and power.
4. We don't want what the Lord wants (self-will).
5. It's too hard.
6. Fear and worry.

President Ezra T. Benson said, 'When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives.' (Ensign, May 1988)

The hard, cold truth is that sometimes as mortals, blinded by the veil of forgetfulness, we don't want things to fall into their 'proper place' just yet. Miserable as we like to pretend mortal life makes us, the truth is it feels pretty comfortable the way it is. All our worries and distractions, our compulsions, obessions, and addictions have become like old friends who seem more familiar than a life entrusted to God.

President Benson also said, 'The great task of life is to learn the will of the Lord and then do it.'

I think it's that word task that gets us. Coming to a place of total trust and surrender to God's will is just plain hard work. In fact, it's the hardest work we will ever undertake.

Fear and worry have the effect of freezing us up, confusing and disabling us. 'Frozen with fear' is a familiar saying, as is 'Fear is the opposite of faith.' Faith in its highest expression is loving and trusting God in all things. When we choose to trust God that all things are happening for our good and for our instruction, we are not paralyzed by fear."- (Colleen C. Harrison)

"Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God? Know ye not that he hath all power, and at his great command the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll?"- Mormon 5:23

"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, reconcile yourselves to the will of God... and remember, after ye are reconciled unto God, that it is only in and through the grace of God that yea are saved."- 2Nephi 10:24

"Finally men [and women] captained by Christ will be consumed in Christ... Their will is swallowed up in his will." - Ezra T. Benson"

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