Francis Harper - Message for 10/6/17
In discussion, during a recent priesthood meeting, it was mentioned that many Christians do not understand that the Lord wants to speak to us today, even as he did in the days of Moses and the prophets. They forget the words of Malachi: “For I am the Lord, I change not . . .” (Malachi 3:6). They need to be reminded that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
Many Christians are not aware of the many ways and means the Lord utilizes to communicate with us. Joseph Smith III, wrote: “The means by which [the Lord] reveals his will to man may be said to be infinite.” Joseph continued, “As in the days of old, these divine messages were given through different ministrations, such as by sending a messenger [angel] direct who conversed with the prophet [and others] . . . or by sending a ministering spirit, which in a dream or vision conveyed unto him the will of God and authorized him to say, thus saith the Lord, or thus saith the Holy Spirit” (Joseph Smith III and the Restoration, pp 596-599).
The Lord is very creative in the multitude of ways he reveals his will to us. He has used precise timings on numerous occasions to communicate his plans and purposes: Simeon and Anna coming to the temple in precise timing to meet the Christ-child, and his parents, was ordered by the Lord. “And Joseph and Mary, marveled at those things which were spoken of the Lord” (Luke 2:33). Precise timings should alert us to the possibility that the Lord may have a purpose in these unusual meetings.
The Lord has arranged many divine appointments for his servants, throughout the pages of history. I will name only a few of these: Peter and Cornelius – Acts 10; Paul and Lydia – Acts 16:9-15; Abraham’s servant and Rebekah – Genesis 24:43-55; Alma and Amulek – Alma 6:23-52.
We need to prepare for divine appointments. Is it likely that God will arrange an appointment for us if we are not prepared? We need to be prepared as Alma and the sons of Mosiah: “For they were men of a sound understanding, and they had searched the Scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God. But this is not all: they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting, therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with power and authority, even as with the power and authority of God” (Alma 12:4-5). When we are prepared, as Alma and his friends, the Lord will arrange many appointments for us. “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few” (Luke 10:2).
The Lord speaks to us by bringing certain scriptures to our attention. Although I was not acquainted with the scripture recorded in Hebrews 9:22, the Lord brought these words to my mind again and again: “Without shedding of blood is no remission.” This answered my question, “Why did Jesus have to die in such a cruel way?”
Likewise, my question concerning the reality of the Lord’s eternal kingdom on earth was answered by the Lord when he brought another obscure and unknown scripture to my mind, and repeated it to me over and over again: “For here [in this world] have we no continuing city [all is temporal] but we seek one to come” (Hebrews 13:14).
As was said, “The means by which the Lord reveals his will to us are infinite in number.” We must always be alert, listening, watching and praying that we will be “tuned to hear his slightest whisper.”
Remember, God commanded, “Hear ye Him!”
My love to all, Francis