3 And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall give thee rest, from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve.
Isaiah lists three things we will be saved from when the Lord gives us rest: sorrow, fear, and bondage. How does the Atonement provide relief from all three?
- Christ made it possible for us to overcome the sadness caused by our wrong choices. He also took upon himself our “pains and our sicknesses” so that He would be able to “succor [us] according to [our] infirmities” (Alma 7:11-12).
- The Atonement gives us confidence that we can overcome all of our challenges. Fear is the anticipation of pain or failure. When we recognize the power of the Savior and exercise faith in Him, we are filled with hope, and anticipate eternal life and happiness instead. (Moroni 7:41)
- One kind of bondage we face is our bad habits and addictions. When we have tried to overcome a habit multiple times and have found it to be resistant to our best efforts, we can become discouraged. But the Lord has promised us that we can overcome our sins through His grace: “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18).
Today, I will be grateful for the grace which can give me relief from sorrow, fear, and bondage.
Great post. One of the joys and responsibilities we have when we make covenants with Christ is to help those around us. In general, we reach out to those you've described above, the sick, the sorrowful, the afraid, and those in bondage. We “mourn with those that mourn”. Do we always remember that it is the Atonement that will help them over those trials, not our encouragment, our dinner we bring, or the nice card we write? Our covenant obligation to our brothers and sisters includes the injunction to help them turn to the atonement, as that is where they will truly find the peace and happiness they seek. Thanks for this reminder.