Today’s thought is titled Power from Abrahamic Tests
History records and account three young men, Huntington, Grant, and Kimball, “all only eighteen years of age, who went with the relief party the ‘second thousand miles‘ to help the Martin handcart company. On this trip they faced a stream that was swollen with ice and snow. Have you ever walked, even to the knee level, through such water? The pioneers almost hopelessly stood back, unable to go through in their weakened and emaciated condition. Those three boys carried every one of the company across and then crossed back, sometimes in water up to their waists. All three later died from exposure….”
“There are sacrifices. But the prophets again and again insist that we ought to use a different word. How can it be called a sacrifice to yield up a handful of dust when what is promised is a whole earth? But we think we know better than God. We think that what we want for us is greater than what he wants for us. Then we simply violate the first commandment, which is to love God first and over all. The moment that pattern is followed he seeks in us the one thing that we do not really want to give up. No, we do not respond. Many of us will say that we do not have that kind of faith. I submit to you that you do not have that kind of faith until you pass that test.”
“Abraham needed to learn something about Abraham.’ what did he learn? He learned that he did love God unconditionally, (and) that God could now bless him unconditionally.”
Truman G. Madsen, The Highest In Us, p.55
Today’s affirmation: “Through each experience of seeking God’s will, relinquishing my will, l I am gaining greater faith”.