Journey through the Book of Mormon: Alma 37 (Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings)

36 Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.37 Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.

Alma provides his sons with such practical advice about how we can draw close to God and retain a remission of sins. I especially love his description of the need to direct all our thoughts and doing to God. 

This is hard to do. The natural man wants to do what it wants. It does not want to think about what God wants. It wants to glorify the flesh rather than the spirit. It does not want to be humble.

Alma understood that we need to daily turn to God and learn from him. We need to be filled of gratitude and praise each and every day. If we do this, we can be confident that we will have his spirit to be with us and we will ultimately be lifted up in the last day and have eternal life.


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