Thursday, April 25, 2019

Elder Dale G. Renlund on the timing of blessings from God

Elder Dale G. Renlund (born November 13, 1952) served in the First Quorum of Seventy starting in 2009, until his call to the Quorum of Twelve in October 2015.
"When you receive any blessing from God, you can conclude that you have complied with an eternal law governing reception of that blessing. (See D&C 130:20–21.) But remember that the 'irrevocably decreed' law is time insensitive, meaning blessings come on God’s timetable. Even ancient prophets in search of their heavenly home (see Hebrews 11:16) 'died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off … [and] were persuaded … and embraced them.' (Hebrews 11:13) If a desired blessing from God has not been received—yet—you do not need to go crazy, wondering what more you need to do. Instead, heed Joseph Smith’s counsel to 'cheerfully do all things that lie in [your] power; and then … stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the … arm [of God] … revealed.' (D&C 123:17.) Some blessings are reserved for later, even for the most valiant of God’s children."
- Dale G. Renlund, "Abound with Blessings," General Conference April 2019
Click here to read or listen to the full talk

Elder Renlund shared an interesting consideration about blessings from God, and the relationship between His willingness and eagerness to bless us, and our actions in righteousness and obedience that might qualify us for those blessings (but do not constitute "earning" the blessings).

A critical lesson in life is that "blessings come on God’s timetable." We can never set the expectations and the timing; we are never aware of all the factors involved. Our role is to believe, have faith, and trust in His wisdom.

We must never lose faith in God's wisdom and in His timing. And we must never cease to be truly and deeply grateful for any blessing that we receive.

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2019)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this post indeed our BLESSINGS and "TIMING" IN GOD'S LOVE AND WISDOM" . Yes ,I bear witness and bear Testimony ...especially me at this time in life hobbling wobbly at age 82 ...and in awe at the marvel of posterity Grandparents, Parents ,Children and Grandchildren as MISSIONARIES !!! " >Come Follow Me" as the Lord said it " THE FIELD IS WHITE AND READY FOR THE HARVEST ."..My Grandpa was a Chief in the South Pacific Tonga Is.1900s when as Harbor Master in Vava'u Tonga he brought into harbor a ship carrying 2 Missionaries ..who had nowhere to go and he hosted them , starting the Church of Jesus Christ with just his family and now several Stakes of Zion there today and the 1st Temple right there Vava'u , Tonga Islands to be set up this year 2019 as announced by the Prophet Nelson this month April General Conference ..the title of Chief FULIVAI (royal navigator) was taken away from Grandpa by the King because he set up the Church ..he lived to age 104 and the title FULIVAI (Oceans) was given back to grpa by the new generation of kings ...and today my Children and Grandchildren now serving as Missionaries globally many learning/speaking Spanish in the Carribean, Panama , Colombia and Uruguay etc. their Missionary experiences a MARVELLOUS WORK AND A WONDER !! the latest upon his arrival at Mexico MTC this month , in awe , he was called Zone Leader to 2000-3000 Spanish speaking Missionaries . Learning Spanish he messaged us family >>" Humbly With Faith I'll go where You want me to go Dear Lord." Amen. THANK YOU HEAVENLY FATHER for Your Love and Our Blessings !! > Thy Will be done .. in TIME and ALL ETERNITY " !!


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