Friday, February 21, 2014

1 Nephi 2:19-20 -- On Going to God About It

"And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying: Blessed art thou, Nephi, because of thy faith, for thou hast sought me diligently, with lowliness of heart.
And inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper, and shall be led to a land of promise; yea, even a land which I have prepared for you; yea, a land which is choice above all other lands."
1 Nephi 2:19-20

Nephi's father was a prophet, and he predicted that Jerusalem would be destroyed.  After God was finished having him warn the inhabitants of the city, he warned him to flee.  Some of Nephi's older brothers thought that their father was crazy.  They had to leave their friends and all of their wealth, and go into the wilderness and live in tents?  We'd probably think that *our* parents were crazy if they made us do that too. :)  ... But instead of telling his father he was crazy, Nephi stopped to consider that he might know what he was talking about, and he went to God about it.  And just that difference changed his life.  God told him that his father was right, and that Nephi could have a relationship with God too.  That he could prosper and be led to a promised land.

I think that the same things can change our lives, and we can also have a relationship with God, and be led to our own personal promised land, whatever that is.  But first, we have to do as Nephi did and stop and consider that God's message is true.  That God really does communicate with people regularly.

If we get to that point, then we have to do something about it, and seek God out and build a relationship with him.  If we do, then we can also be led to the promised land that we've always wanted.  Dreams do come true. :)  But it takes consideration and commitment and consistency.  We (at least currently) can't just teleport to the promised land.  The journey is part of our preparation for arrival.  Today, let's humble ourselves as Nephi did, and instead of mocking, let's pray and find out for ourselves.  And then let's commit, or re-commit, to doing something about it.

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