(September 10, 2015)
I had a couple of thoughts as I read through this chapter today. The first was on the language that our works bring Grace. This is an interesting way of presenting things, but I think it is also an accurate one.
We understand that Grace is the enabling power of the Atonement. We don’t deserve it, but we must accept it. Sometimes (perhaps all of the time) the way that we accept it is through taking actions – working – in order to apply that power into our lives.
We could not grow vegetables without the Sun. We did nothing to deserve the Sun’s light, but we need it for everything. Still, if we fail to plant we will not reap. We are ungrateful when we deny the Lord’s hand in our harvest but we are slothful if we don’t plant in the first place.
The other thought was on the belief that nothing could shake the Earth and cause it to tremble save it were the power of God. The interesting thing about that is that we now have technologies that can cause the earth to shake and to tremble. Is there a contradiction there? Is there a lesson to be learned (the power of God is found in technology)? Or is it simply a statement accurate at the time that it was made, but not meant to be an eternal statement? I tend to lean towards the latter.