Many times, I have put my hope, my faith, and my trust in others, or even in myself. I could be putting my trust in someone I truly admire, in a co-worker, a politician, a program, a philosophy, or even a religious leader. I have come to learn, by experience, that none of these people, programs, or philosophies are mighty to save. And if they are my core or foundation, I will be "let down" at some point.
I now strive to surround myself with people, programs, and philosophies that point me in the right direction... towards my Savior. His is the only arm that is mighty to save. He is the One that delivers me from bondage and captivity.
In the Book of Mormon, in the book of Helaman 5:12, Helaman is teaching his sons and shares this vital truth:
12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
When I have relied on any of the mortal and imperfect entities I mentioned before, without Christ being my true foundation; when the devil sends forth his mighty winds in the form of trials, or his shafts in the whirlwind in the form of being let down by someone I know and trust, when he is beating on me with all his hail and mighty storm, I will fall. I will become bitter and resentful. BUT, if I am firmly relying on, and firmly rooted in Christ, my Rock, all of that shall have no power over me to drag me down to the gulf of misery. Why? Because my faith, my life, my hopes, my trust are built upon a sure foundation... even the Rock... a foundation whereon, if I build, and stay built, I cannot fall.
Today’s invitation is to acknowledge a time that I have felt let down by someone. (Know) Then to let go of that resentment I hold due to that perceived letting down from someone I trusted (Do). Then, to move forward, trusting that God can and will make that resentment or pain turn to peace. (Do)
* The premise of Journey Through Life is to share my personal experiences of faith and hope, tie those to either a verse of scripture from one of many sources that people all over the world consider as inspired and holy, or a quote from Godly and inspired men and women from throughout history. From these experiences and sources, I will then issue an invitation to myself, and in turn the audience, to Do what is now Known.
I also believe that when people share honest experiences of faith and hope that the entire group is strengthened, edified, and can rejoice together. So, if you accept one of these invitations and experience the love of God in your life by doing so, we would love to hear your experience in the comment section below.
I do not pretend to be an expert on doctrine or on any of the subject matters that will be shared. I only claim to be one of God’s children, walking through life, striving to do God’s will for me, and sharing what I experience.
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The key to knowing and doing, as with everything REALLY important, is Jesus Christ.