Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Day 98, April 8

"I've made this my rule:  when the Lord commands, do it."--Prophet Joseph Smith

What a powerful directive this is.  And how simple it is.  Do what the Lord commands.  No excuses.  No rationalizations of why we can't do it.  No anything but obedience.

The scriptures are replete with stories about obedience.  One such story is that of Naaman, who suffered from a debilitating disease and traveled from Syria to Israel to ask the Prophet Elisha to heal him.  However, when Elisha instructed Naaman to bathe seven times in the River Jordan, it was difficult for him to obey.

"Are not the rivers of Damascus better than all the waters of Israel?  May I not wash in them and be clean?" Naaman demanded of Elisha.

"If the prophet had bid thee to do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it, how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?"

Wisely, Naaman decided to obey and was healed.  (2 Kings 5:1-14)

I'm glad that Namman got with the program and decided he'd do well to obey the Prophet, who spoke for the Lord.

Joy for today:  obeying the Lord

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