“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,” wrote James (James 1:17). “All things which are good cometh of God,” said Mormon (Moroni 7:12). And after King Benjamin’s people came to “a knowledge of the goodness of God,” he told them that it was important for them to retain that awareness and remembrance on an ongoing basis (Mosiah 4:5-6, 11).
In 1831, the Lord gave a similar admonition to a group of church members in Independence Missouri:
In nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments.Doctrine and Covenants 59:21
Speaking of this verse, Elder Dale G. Renlund clarified:
I do not think that God is insulted when we forget Him. Rather, I think He is deeply disappointed. He knows that we have deprived ourselves of the opportunity to draw closer to Him by remembering Him and His goodness. We then miss out on Him drawing nearer to us and the specific blessings He has promised.
“Consider the Goodness and Greatness of God,” General Conference, April 2020
What blessings can we receive by remembering what God has done for us? Elder Renlund gave the following list:
- “We will communicate our faith more effectively to others.”
- “We will have courage when confronted with seemingly impossible tasks and circumstances.”
- “We will strengthen our resolve to keep the covenants we have made to follow the Savior.”
- “We will be filled with the love of God, want to help those in need without being judgmental, love our children and raise them in righteousness, retain a remission of our sins, and always rejoice.”
Sounds like a pretty amazing set of blessings to me.
Today I will remember the goodness of God. I will intentionally acknowledge the blessings I and others have received from Him, including new blessings I receive from him throughout the day. I will remember that acknowledging His hand in my life will enable me to strengthen my relationship with Him.