During the last few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about Honor and Glory. I am working on a post about what I have come up with and will be posting it in the near future. I just can’t quite seem to get it like I want to get it. But today we were reading scriptures as a family and we read from Alma 31.
Alma and a hand full of other missionaries go to visit the land of the Zoramites. And they find that they say the worship God, but they are doing it for their own Glory. They have what they call a Rameumptom, that they stand on, and say the same prayer. They all do it, and then they return home and forget about God for the rest of the week.
When Alma sees what is going on, he is troubled, and then offers this prayer. [Alma 31:24-35]
24 Now when Alma saw this his heart was grieved; for he saw that they were a wicked and a perverse people; yea, he saw that their hearts were set upon gold, and upon silver, and upon all manner of fine goods.
25 Yea, and he also saw that their hearts were lifted up unto great boasting, in their pride.
26 And he lifted up his voice to heaven, and cried, saying: O, how long, O Lord, wilt thou suffer that thy servants shall dwell here below in the flesh, to behold such gross wickedness among the children of men?
27 Behold, O God, they cry unto thee, and yet their hearts are swallowed up in their pride. Behold, O God, they cry unto thee with their mouths, while they are puffed up, even to greatness, with the vain things of the world.
28 Behold, O my God, their costly apparel, and their ringlets, and their bracelets, and their ornaments of gold, and all their precious things which they are ornamented with; and behold, their hearts are set upon them, and yet they cry unto thee and say—We thank thee, O God, for we are a chosen people unto thee, while others shall perish.
29 Yea, and they say that thou hast made it known unto them that there shall be no Christ.
30 O Lord God, how long wilt thou suffer that such wickedness and infidelity shall be among this people? O Lord, wilt thou give me strength, that I may bear with mine infirmities. For I am infirm, and such wickedness among this people doth pain my soul.
31 O Lord, my heart is exceedingly sorrowful; wilt thou comfort my soul in Christ. O Lord, wilt thou grant unto me that I may have strength, that I may suffer with patience these afflictions which shall come upon me, because of the iniquity of this people.
32 O Lord, wilt thou comfort my soul, and give unto me success, and also my fellow laborers who are with me—yea, Ammon, and Aaron, and Omner, and also Amulek and Zeezrom, and also my two sons—yea, even all these wilt thou comfort, O Lord. Yea, wilt thou comfort their souls in Christ.
33 Wilt thou grant unto them that they may have strength, that they may bear their afflictions which shall come upon them because of the iniquities of this people.
34 O Lord, wilt thou grant unto us that we may have success in bringing them again unto thee in Christ.
35 Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious, and many of them are our brethren; therefore, give unto us, O Lord, power and wisdom that we may bring these, our brethren, again unto thee.
Satan is very cleaver, he has made these people think that they are worshiping God, but they truly are not. Because they are seeking the Honor or Glory of man instead of worshiping with an “eye single to the Glory of God”. I read this scripture, and found myself feeling what Alma felt. Our society today in most cases has turned into that of the Zoramites. People say they are worshiping God, but are really only doing it for the honor and glory of man.
During the war in heaven, the Satan only wanted on thing for his plan to save the God’s children. He only wanted “thine Honor” or the honor that God was suppose to receive. By seeking the Honor of man, we are in essence actually following Satan’s plan. We need to make sure that the purpose of our worship is correct.