Monday, February 3, 2014

To Whom Shall we Go?

After many of His disciples left him, and "walked no more with him," Christ poses this question to his apostles, "will ye also go away?" (John 6:66, 67)

Throughout our lives we're presented with this same question, just in different forms. Any time we are tempted to make a mistake, to do something wrong, to abandon our beliefs, we're met with the same question. Will we go away? Will we stray? Will we fall? Will we deny what we know? Will we put other things before God? 

 As we contemplate our decisions, and ultimately decide the direction we want our lives to take, its important to remember the follow up question: "To whom shall we go?" (John 6:68)

If we choose not to follow the commandments, to read our scriptures, to pray, to go to church, to serve the Lord; what are we choosing to do? Who are we following, and why? Why let something pull us away from our Savior?

We have the ability to distinguish the results of our actions. "For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night" (Moroni 7:15). We can't pretend that we are acting in ignorance, because the light of Christ is given that we may judge, that we might know good from evil. 

The blessings of God are there for the obedient. They are always there, and they always will be. He has promised it, and I know that He will keep his promises. To whom shall we go? When we're lost, when we're down, when we feel that there is no light at the end of the tunnel, no hand reaching down for us; hope is not lost. I know that the Lord's hand is outstretched still, and that His love never ends. "Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me" (Isaiah 49:16). I know that's real. If nothing else, that is real. If we're doubting, weak, or afraid; to whom shall we go? The Lord. "In Christ there should come every good thing" (Moroni 7:22).

"And again I would exhort you that ye would come unto Christ, and lay hold upon every good gift." (Moroni 10:30)