Sunday, April 12, 2015

1 Nephi 4:6 -- On Walking into the Unknown with Faith

"And I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do."
1 Nephi 4:6

I think that this is an amazing verse because it illustrates a level of faith that is really hard for us sometimes.  In our lives, we can't see ahead.  We don't know if moving to a new place will be a positive experience or not.  We don't know whether the new job will work out, or even if we will get it.  We have a lot of anxiety over things like that.  What if this and what if that?  But often, if we calm down enough to listen to the spirit, God is telling us to move forward anyway... even if we can't see whether it will work out or not.  Now, I am not saying that God doesn't want us to plan ahead, or that he encourages gambling.  He asks us to think ahead and be prepared, and he tells us not to gamble.  But he does encourage us to trust him and walk into the unknown anyway.  As we take God's hand and allow him to guide us, and pray for direction, he places opportunities and people in our paths that will help us grow and become, and he grants us what we need.  Today, let's have the faith that Nephi had.  Let's not stay immobilized with indecision and fear.  Let's make decisions and move forward, trusting God to grant us blessings, insight, and course corrections as needed.  He will guide us and help us as we live righteously and put our trust in him.  That doesn't mean that life will be perfect, of course.  But it does mean that we'll find beauty and peace and the perfect people and moments in our lives, with the exact timing of God, helping our lives take twists and turns and rest stops that we never expected, but which will bless us immeasurably, help us bless the lives of others, and change us into more of the type of people that we want to be.  Let's move forward, knowing that God will direct our paths, as we have faith and ask him to do so.

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