I discovered several scriptures today that connect very nicely and taught me an amazing lesson, so I’d like to share them all.
I’ve been reading W. Cleon Skousen’s book, Days of the Living Christ: Volume One, and came across something today that really hit home. Dr. Skousen said, “One of the great disappointments of the Lord occurs when his choice servants lose their spiritual curiosity. They become satisfied with a little when they could have a lot. They stop hungering and thirsting after righteousness and an increased knowledge of heavenly things. This happened to the twelve apostles in Jerusalem.”
Jesus had just taught them that He is the Good Shepherd, that He knows His sheep, and they know Him (John 10:14). Then, He drops a really big hint:
“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” (John 10:16)
Who are these other sheep? “Jesus wanted to tell them about the great body of Christians in America,” Dr. Skousen wrote, “but they wouldn’t ask.”
When Christ visited the Nephites after His resurrection – the “great body of Christians in America” Dr. Skousen described – he revealed that they were the “other sheep” that He spoke of, but no one would ask about.
“And now, because of stiffneckedness and unbelief they understood not my word; therefore I was commanded to say no more of the Father concerning this thing unto them.” (3 Ne. 15:18)
Dr. Skousen said, “The Father years to reveal the secrets of heaven to his righteous servants. Therefore Jesus said: ‘Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened’ (Matt. 7:7-8).”
I suddenly realized – What does the Lord withhold from us today because we don’t ask? What does He want to share with us, to help enlighten our minds and spirits, but can’t give us because we don’t even live by what we already have? What am I missing out on when I don’t make the effort to study and ponder the message of the gospel found in the scriptures?
In the Book of Mormon, Nephi acknowledges and gives gratitude to God for “having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God (1 Ne. 1:1)”. When the Lord gave command to build a ship to take his family to the Promised Land, Nephi wrote:
“And I, Nephi, did go into the mount oft, and I did pray oft unto the Lord; wherefore the Lord showed unto me great things.” (1 Ne. 18:3)
If we follow Nephi’s example to seek and “pray oft unto the Lord”, what “great things” could the Lord reveal to us?