Reason with Him

Isn’t it great that the same God whose thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and whose ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9), invites us to reason with Him? (Isaiah 1:18) He invites us to wrestle with Him a little. He’s patient, and long-suffering, and will hear out whatever reasoning we use to arrive at a certain conclusion, and then will teach and correct us.

He already knows what’s in your heart. By choosing to vocalize it in prayer, and honestly express those thoughts and feelings instead of trying to conceal them from Him, He will use gentleness and meekness to persuade you to a better way:

“And now come, saith the Lord, by the Spirit, unto the elders of his church, and let us reason together, that ye may understand; let us reason even as a man reasoneth one with another face to face. Now, when a man reasoneth he is understood of man, because he reasoneth as a man; even so will I, the Lord, reason with you that you may understand.” (D&C 50:10-12)

Lay your burdens on Him. Be honest about what’s in your heart. Listen to what He says. He has affirmed, “…I will reason as with men in days of old, and I will show unto you my strong reasoning.” (D&C 45:10) He is the prototype of one who uses persuasion, long-suffering, gentleness, meekness, love unfeigned, kindness, and pure knowledge. (D&C 121:41-42) He wants us to converse with Him. He wants us to understand what He knows. He invites us to express our doubts, our concerns, our worries, and promises that He will answer us with His “strong reasoning.”