Sunday, February 21, 2010

Small and Simple Things

“By small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls” (Alma 37:6-7).

Small (adj.): modest or humble; gentle

Simple (adj.): pure, without guile or deceit; innocent

Great (adj.): existing in a high degree; superior

The definitions for small and simple are clearly words that describe some of the divine characteristics of the Savior.





Without guile.


In applying them to Alma 37:6-7 then, it becomes clear that it is only through Him and by Him that you and I have any chance, any opportunity of obtaining the “high degree,” even the degree of Celestial glory.

1 comment:

  1. this has been one of my favorite scriptures for the past dozen years. after Doc lost his faith, there was a season during which i kind of tried to "make deals" with God in exchange for a miracle of him becoming a believer again. "If you need me to be blind, or experience some terrible illness etc. in order for him to be humbled and find his way back, so be it." I would offer.

    Then one day this verse struck me, as verses sometimes do, and I realized that my little bartering efforts weren't the way of the Lord. And I learned that I just need to trust Him. Surely he loves his son even more than I do. He understands his heart and mind, and knows what needs to happen in our lives. It may not be a major event (eg: Saul/Paul), but rather small and simple things that are able to "confound the wise and bring about their salvation." I can only stand by and, as humbly as possible, trust in his timeline and focus on my own spiritual growth. ♥