Monday, May 5, 2014

1 Nephi 9:5-6 -- On Paying Attention

"Wherefore, the Lord hath commanded me to make these plates for a wise purpose in him, which purpose I know not.
But the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning; wherefore, he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men; for behold, he hath all power unto the fulfilling of all his words. And thus it is. Amen."
1 Nephi 9:5-6

Nine chapters in to the Book of Mormon, and Nephi tells us that he doesn't know why he is writing it.  Just that God has a reason.  I think that is how most of us start out with the things God asks us or tells us.  We have no idea why; we just know that God wants it.  The importance is seen much later... sometimes not during our lifetimes.  The ways that everything works together isn't clear to us, but it is clear to God.  And even if all of us only contribute a very small part, God pulls it all together to build something beautiful and perfect.  Something we can't see yet, but which was started long ago.
Sometimes it is just the feeling we should talk to someone or call someone.  Sometimes it is the urge to turn around and look at what we just walked past, or double-check something we just did.  Sometimes it is an idea or scripture we should look into, and in Nephi's case it was inspiration to write down the ministry of his people, not just the politics and wars.  But whatever it is, God pushes us just a little and says "hey... pay attention." 
Today, let's remember to act even on the small promptings from God.  There is always a reason.  And let's make sure we're on the path, paying attention, so that we'll actually feel it when God wants us to pay attention. :)  Let's get to know God better so we can recognize when he is talking to us.  How?  Read.  Pray.  All the boring things they tell us in Sunday School... except it really works.  We just have to keep at it.  And even if we have been there, we have to keep at it.  Alma 5 and "can ye feel so now?"  ... Even if our relationship with God is totally golden, we have to work keep it that way, or we'll start losing it.
God has the power to fulfil all his words, to keep all his promises, to save everyone who chooses salvation.  Let's be part of that.  Not only in choosing salvation, but part of the mysterious coolness of acting on a prompting from the spirit, without knowing why, but knowing that we're building something... that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves... part of the kingdom of God, part of the gospel, part of Zion.

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