Monday, May 16, 2016

D&C 5:34-35 -- On Waiting

"Yea, for this cause I have said: Stop, and stand still until I command thee, and I will provide means whereby thou mayest accomplish the thing which I have commanded thee.
And if thou art faithful in keeping my commandments, thou shalt be lifted up at the last day. Amen."
Doctrine and Covenants 5:34-35

Sometimes the job and commandment that God has for us is to wait.  This requires some patience and some faith.  Often we want things now, now, now.  And waiting seems horrible... we're running out of life, or an opportunity will pass us by, or things won't be the same if we wait, and what if we never get this chance again?  When opportunities come along, sometimes we feel good about it and God encourages us to go for it.  Other times, he doesn't.  He says no, or wait, or do this other thing.  And in that moment, it's really tough.  It isn't what we were planning on, and it's the opposite of what we think that we want.

If we think about some of the things that have happened in the scriptures, sometimes it helps.  God asked Joseph to stop translating the plates here.  It may have seemed like an unnecessary delay to Joseph, who wanted to move the work forward, but as the story went, it was an important thing to do.  Abraham waited a very long time for a son, Moses had to wait through a lot of plagues to be able to do as God asked, and then waited on a whole different scale in the wilderness, just outside the promised land.  If we look back at our own lives too, I think we can clearly see that waiting is sometimes the most important thing we can do.

Today, let's remember to do as God asks, whether he asks us to move forward with faith, or to wait with faith. :)  God's timing is always perfect.  He knows the opportunities that we need, and the timing and the patience we need. :)  Let's keep the commandments, and look forward to God providing the means and the power that we can accomplish anything he asks.

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