I love the scriptures!!! The second half of 2 Nephi 4 is very powerful as Nephi cries out from the depths of his heart about the situation he finds himself in now that his father Lehi no longer lives in the flesh. For the trials and challenges of earthly existence he is tempted into depression and despair but with strength and courage he insists "Awake my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, oh my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul." What a beautiful passage for any of us who feels the weight of the world pouring down upon them! Identifying God as "the rock of my salvation". Because my heart is broken and my spirit is contrite. I have known of this phrase for a long time and have pondered its meaning. Our heart breaks along the path of a follower of Christ in many ways and at many times. First for our own sins and short comings and then for the consequences of the sins of others. The contrite spirit that is teachable and willing to yield to the Holy Spirit as he instructs us because we are truly sorrowful over our own sins. Something about verse 33 intrigues me.."encircled in the robe of THY righteousness", Somehow that phrase grabs me and says LISTEN I will do it through you, IF you will invite me to do so, even as I did for Nephi. Wow, do you understand what I mean? And in whom do I trust? In others? In mankind? In self? NO, in God as we give our all and put our trust in him, it is he that we can trust. Verse 35 "Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh....if I ask not amiss". So I need to maintain that broken heart and contrite spirit so that I will know What it is I need to ask for. And my heart will praise him forever and ever...did I mention I LOVE the scriptures?!! And greater blessings I get as I share them with you. Thank you for that opportunity. IJN, Amen. Gramma Ann
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