Thursday, July 13, 2017

D&C 6:14 -- On Noticing the Answers in Our Lives

"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, blessed art thou for what thou hast done; for thou hast inquired of me, and behold, as often as thou hast inquired thou hast received instruction of my Spirit. If it had not been so, thou wouldst not have come to the place where thou art at this time."
Doctrine and Covenants 6:14

This is a verse where God was talking to Oliver Cowdery.  Oliver was looking for confirmation that what he was doing was right, and what God mostly told him (although there are many, many other things in this excellent section) is that he had already asked and gotten an answer to that question.  God kindly told him again, but it seemed like an instructive moment.

I think that this same thing happens to us, probably often.  We pray and pray and we want God to tell us something, or help us with something, when actually God has answered every one of our prayers and has been guiding us and nudging us in the right direction the whole time.  Sincerely, read the verse above and insert your name after the "thou" in the first sentence.  It applies, doesn't it?

It's okay to be uncertain sometimes, as Oliver was, but here God is helping us learn how to be certain.  One way is to look back at all the times that we've inquired of the Lord, and what he has done for us.  Moroni 10:3 states this principle exceptionally well, and the two steps there are "remember how merciful the Lord hath been" and "ponder it in your hearts."  Often, just a mental review will help us realize how much we already know, how much God has been working in our lives, and how he has led us right here, to where we are now.

Today, let's do the mental review and see how God is working in our lives.  And let's also keep praying and keep working at recognizing God's hand daily.  It's always there.  We just might have to pay a little more attention. :)  As we do, we'll learn better how to trust God and to exercise our faith, knowing that God will help us, just as he has in the past.

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