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Holding out for a callout

Over the years, I'm sure I've met quite a few people who are expecting some sort of sudden warning from God to tell them to leave their present location for a safer place.

This expectation isn't unfounded. There are plenty of examples in the scriptures of a person being warned by God that something was about to happen that would render their locale undesirable, to say the least.

What is interesting is that so many of these people seem to overlook a few things that ought to be glaringly obvious, namely the differences between themselves and those who received the warning.

All information that God sends to the earth is received in a cascade. For important reasons, in almost every case, the idea is initially received by a single person here on the ground before being spread to others, either through repetition from the first recipient, or through subsequent revelation to others thereafter.[1]

Light and truth is successive. You can't learn greater things without first living up to what you already know.[2]

It is interesting that some people who do not live up to what God already told them expect that God will directly speak to them to warn them of an oncoming calamity.

It is also interesting that others who do not live up to what God is telling them right now through other people expect that they will suddenly respond when God tells them greater things through other people.

There is an increasingly long list of changes I have recommended to you over the years. You should always evaluate invitations on a case-by-case basis. Nevertheless, at least some of those changes should be recognizable to you as having sufficient reasons. However, I expect that there are many who dismiss the invitation for a collection of reasons, including:

1) There are too many of them. You feel overwhelmed. I assure you that if you feel overwhelmed with the pace of what has been said, you will be overwhelmed at the content of what will be said. It's time to overcome your overwhelm.

2) They are seen as minor or unimportant. I assure you that if you ignore the little things, you will not perceive, receive, and value the big things. Much of what you dismiss as minor is actually vital, but by the time you find out, it may be too late to change.

God has always warned people before calamities occur.[3] However, the warning rarely comes to those who have not established consistent obedience to him in seemingly lesser things over the span of many things, nor is it recognized as a warning from God by those who have not established a pattern of perceiving and obeying other invitations toward improvement given through others.

As I read the many stories of people in scripture who were warned of upcoming calamities, I see example after example of individuals who suddenly expressed that it was time to move. Today, I am not sure I know of anyone who would heed such a call.

Have you established a solid pattern of acting on sufficient reason in your life? If you haven't, would a servant of God bother to tell you if he or she were warned of an incoming calamity? Even if they did, would you hear them?

If God needed to warn you, and you were not worthy of receiving such a warning directly, is there anyone in your life who is? Would you trust them enough if they told you to suddenly move?

What would sufficiency require in this case? How many people think they would listen to someone's revelatory claims when they don't listen to regular reason or even common sense? Do you think the first is easier or harder than the other two? While you don't do the last two, don't fool yourself into thinking you would do the first. If you don't abide by common sense, you are faithless. If you don't respond to sufficient reasons, you are faithless. If you are faithless, you won't perceive, receive, or obey more direct forms of revelation.

Most people expecting a callout pose an impossible problem: they expect to hear this from God when they will not obey what they do hear, or to hear it from someone else when they do not notice or hear anyone else right now. They will be disappointed in their expectation.


[1] - No one has ever spoken about this, but there is a law in heaven which stipulates that an idea can be revealed to others with less faith after being received by one with greater faith. For an easy example, consider the order and number of people who learned that Jesus was the Christ during his mortal life, and how they learned this.

[2] - 9 And now Alma began to expound these things unto him, saying: It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence which they give unto him.
10 And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full.
11 And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell. (Alma 12)

[3] - Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7)

And as one generation hath been destroyed among the Jews because of iniquity, even so have they been destroyed from generation to generation according to their iniquities; and never hath any of them been destroyed save it were foretold them by the prophets of the Lord. (2 Nephi 25:9)