Friday, September 4, 2009

Finding Light

Hundreds of years ago God had Isaiah write, “Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged” (Isaiah 51:1). Here we are taught that those who desire to be righteous should look to the rock and to the pit. So what is the rock and the pit?

The rock from which we were hewn is God. As the spirit children of God we are hewn from the same divine “rock” as our Father. We have a modern day saying that expresses the same thing. When we encounter a child who is very much like a parent we say he or she is a “chip off the old block.” Therefore, we should look to our Father with the idea in mind that we are "genetically" like Him.

The pit refers to the Fall. Because of the Fall of Adam you and I are in a dangerous pit that we have no way of climbing out of, but Jesus Christ has rescued us--He has digged us from the deep pit. Thus what Isaiah is telling us to hearken to is our divine origins—the part of us that is good and is of God, and to the Atonement of Jesus Christ that makes it possible for us to overcome all the factors in life that could keep us from our divine heritage. The Lord wants us to focus on the good not the bad. He wants us to focus on Him and His Son and our relationship to Them.

Focusing our attention and thoughts on these two things centers us in Truth. Think about it. You’ll never discover light by studying darkness; you’ll never discover your brilliance by dwelling on what you can’t do; and you’ll never discover your divine connection by constantly thinking thoughts of what you don’t like about yourself.


Wendi said...

What a great post! Thank you for sharing what you've learned about this. I knew about the rock, but hadn't really thought about the pit. The Atonement is an absolute miracle and I'm so thankful for its enabling power. I also love the picture that you chose for this post. :)

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Wendi, Thank you! The Atonement is amazing, isn't it! The pit image conjures up in my mind the idea of being digged out of and saved from a grave.

Anonymous said...

This is a GREAT post & much needed! Thanks for sharing :]