Life teaches mankind that there are two ways to find God's will:
through submission or rebellion.
Through submission, God shows the sinner that while we don't always
understand the burdens he places on oneself, the promise is that his 'yoke
is easy and his burden light.' Submissive decisions are made by
reconciling God's word to a situation, and applying the principle that
may, at times, seem contrary to public opinion, or conventional
wisdom. In the end, the sinners submission proves the wiser road to happiness when one realizes he never walked alone.
Through rebellion, the sinner (trys to) show God that we understand
life better than him, and because situations seem obvious to oneself, we
make firm decisions contrary to God's gentle command. These choices
result in self-imposed disappointment, despair, and often tragedy.
But in either choice, submission or rebellion, the sinner ultimately
learns God's will. Life proves, however, the second way, rebellion,
is always harder, and in retrospect, the least desirable path to trod.
The Book of Mormon provides an excellent comparison and contrast of
obedience through submission and rebellion.
Consider the people of Limhi, and consider the people of Alma (escapees
from King Noah's land).
Both groups had much in common:
- They were Nephites by origin
- They wanted to return to their homeland Zarahemla
- They believed in God
- They had generally righteous men as leaders.
- Both came into bondage by the enemy.
- Both desired freedom
But notice how they approached their freedom differently. Limhi's
people sought it though rebellion and lack of submission; Alma's people,
on the other hand, approached their freedom through obedience and
God's word teaches that 'every knee shall bow and tongue confess' that he
is the savior. Many bow willingly; sadly, many don't.
What is your response?
- Are you rebelling in tithing because you disagree with specific
church policy at times, or do you submit because you realize that
tithing is a means to bless the giver, not the receiver? Limhi's
people valued the temporal blessings more than the spiritual, at
first. Do you regard the monetary value of money higher
than the spiritual value of obedience?
- Are you rebelling against the church and left fellowship because of
lines that humans have drawn in the sand, but that perhaps God has
not? Limhi's people raised the sword in offence and lost; Alma's
people raised their voice (to God) and won. Which path have you
- Or, have you put off the day of your repentance and chosen to be obstinate?
How is life for you now? Are the burdens so light that you can't
feel them, or are they so heavy you can't bear them? Do you feign
outward happiness when you feel inward depression? Either way, the end
will be to return to God. The difference is the journey one
takes: submission through suffering or submission through
Two paths lie ahead: be willingly submissive to God or be smitten
by the wrong choice. In either case, the choice is yours.