Thursday, January 29, 2015

1 Nephi 3:7-8 -- On Being Willing to Try

"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.
And it came to pass that when my father had heard these words he was exceedingly glad, for he knew that I had been blessed of the Lord."
1 Nephi 3:7-8

Lehi tells his sons that they have to go back to Jerusalem to get the records, because God commanded it.  They have no idea how they are going to get something so important and valued from a prominent man, and Nephi's brothers pretty much think it is impossible.  But Nephi says yes.  Why?  Not because he has a plan or any good way to do what God asked... just because he knows that it is God asking.  And he trusts that if God asks it, then he will provide a way for it to happen.
This is a lesson that we often need a reminder of in our lives.  We read the scriptures or hear the prophets say something, and too often we look at our lives and think... wow, that just isn't going to work.  Maybe for some really good reasons.  Nephi had some really good reasons for believing this task impossible as well.  But instead of giving up without trying, he agreed.  He tried.  He failed a few times even... but he kept trying until he accomplished the task.  And we too, can do the same.  No matter the obstacles.  No matter the challenges.  No matter if we are scared and don't even want to be who God asks us to be.  If we are willing to put God first, and try, and are open and willing to change, God will help us triumph.  He will bless us with success, he will change our hearts, and he will enable us to do the impossible.
Today, let's be like Nephi in our willingness to trust God to see us through anything at all he asks us to do.  Let's be willing to try, to change, and to put God first.  If we do out part, God will always do his.

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