We Must Come Forth and Stand Before Him – Alma 12:14-15

14 For our words will condemn us, yea, all our works will condemn us; we shall not be found spotless; and our thoughts will also condemn us; and in this awful state we shall not dare to look up to our God; and we would fain be glad if we could command the rocks and the mountains to fall upon us to hide us from his presence.
15 But this cannot be; we must come forth and stand before him in his glory, and in his power, and in his might, majesty, and dominion, and acknowledge to our everlasting shame that all his judgments are just; that he is just in all his works, and that he is merciful unto the children of men, and that he has all power to save every man that believeth on his name and bringeth forth fruit meet for repentance.
Have you ever been in a situation where you did not want to see someone? Perhaps you needed to have a crucial conversation with them. Perhaps you had promised to do something for them and had not yet kept your commitment. Or perhaps they wanted to help you with a challenge you faced but you really didn’t want their help. You may have known that the day of reckoning was inevitable, but our instinct to avoid pain is so strong that we sometimes intentionally ignore the “elephant in the room.”
As Alma teaches us, this will not be possible at the Final Judgment. When we stand before God, there will be no more hiding, no more procrastinating the inevitable, and no more self-deception. We will see several things very clearly:
  1. Our failings – The Apostle Paul taught that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). When we stand before Him, we will be vividly aware of the ways that we have fallen short of His glory, in thought, in word, and in deed.
  2. God’s power and mercy – We will recognize that He is able and willing to save every one of His children who chooses to receive His grace through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
The question for us will be whether we are willing and able to receive the gift which He has made available to us. As my friend Frank Schwartz once taught, when we stand before God, we will desperately need the healing power which Jesus Christ offers to us, but we may not be capable of receiving that gift if we have not learned to humble ourselves and to accept help when we need it and when it is offered.
Today, I will humble myself and will seek and accept God’s help. Instead of trying to solve every problem I face today through grit and determination, I will recognize that my Heavenly Father stands willing to help me. I will acknowledge my own failings and my weaknesses, will pray to Him for help, and will accept and receive the assistance and guidance that He sends to me.
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