We are studying the subject of Revelation this month and the sacrament talk yesterday was on the attributes of revelation. Wow! I thought, God has a message to send out to our audience. Here are my notes from that talk:
- Personal Purity: If we repent every day of the little things the big things won’t present themselves. Read Harold B Lee’s analogy about personal purity and radio tubes.
- Be Quiet and Reverent: In the last Face to Face with Henry B Eyring said he received revelation when he was quiet inside and not listening to the noises of my own thinking. To say “Thy will be done” and then you’ll get your answer. Elder Packer added that God was not willing to compete with the world’s noises, he waits for us to provide an environment for us to hear him and for him to reply.
- Work for it: Sheri Dew gave an address at BYUI, “Will you Engage in the Wrestle?” None of us are entitled to revelation without effort on our part. Answers from God don’t just magically appear. If we want to grow spiritually, the Lord expects us to ask questions and seek answers. “If thou shalt ask,” He promised, “thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge….” D&C 42:61 How much clearer can it be? The Lord loves inspired questions asked in faith because they lead to knowledge, to revelation, and to greater faith.
- Requires Patience: Joseph Smith taught that we don’t receive everything at once, but “By learning the Spirit of God and understanding it, you may grow into the principle of revelation, until you become perfect in Christ Jesus.” (History of the Church, 3:381; from a discourse given by Joseph Smith on June 27, 1839, in Commerce, Illinois; reported by Willard Richards.) “It is the privilege of the children of God to come to God and get revelation.”