We are an inquisitive lot. We spend our lives trying to answer questions for which no one currently has answers. Sometimes we get lucky and think we have stumbled upon the answer to a particular mystery. We rejoice in our cleverness for a while, only to find that new evidence tells us that we were completely wrong in our first conclusion. So we revise our answer and move on, feeling safe in our own cleverness once again. We sometimes look down on the world for this practice, but there are Mormon mysteries as well.
First a basic principle
In Jacob 4:14 Nephi’s brother Jacob teaches us about our own nature, the nature of God, and the relationship we have with Him. First I’ll give you the verse then start at the end of the verse and work backwards with the principles he is teaching. In Jacob’s culture they started with the end of the story then explained it. Sometimes it is easier to understand Book of Mormon verses when we look at them in reverse.
14 But behold, the Jews were a stiffnecked people; and they despised the words of plainness, and killed the prophets, and sought for things that they could not understand. Wherefore, because of their blindness, which blindness came by looking beyond the mark, they must needs fall; for God hath taken away his plainness from them, and delivered unto them many things which they cannot understand, because they desired it. And because they desired it God hath done it, that they may stumble.
God gives us the desires of our hearts. If there was ever a deadly gift that rivaled that of the touch of King Midas, it is that God gives us the desires of our heart. In Greek mythology King Midas, a greedy man, lusted after gold. His desire was granted when he was given the “gift” that whatever he touched would instantly be turned to gold. This delighted the greedy king until he discovered that his food also turned to gold. This was a consequence he had not expected.