Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ether 6:11-12 -- On God's Guidance

"And thus they were driven forth, three hundred and forty and four days upon the water.
And they did land upon the shore of the promised land. And when they had set their feet upon the shores of the promised land they bowed themselves down upon the face of the land, and did humble themselves before the Lord, and did shed tears of joy before the Lord, because of the multitude of his tender mercies over them."
Ether 6:11-12

I like this.  It shows the relief of the Jaredites when they got to the Promised Land after almost a year at sea, and that they were grateful to the Lord.  Perhaps they had worried during that time that it was never going to end.  This was before modern shipbuilding, and (at least as far as we know) they didn't have any way to steer except trusting God that he was taking them someplace good.  Perhaps they didn't worry because they were that faithful.  I really don't know.

I do know, however, that we all have times in our lives that are like this.  We think that our lives are headed someplace good and we enter the barge, trusting God to get it where it needs to go, but during the journey we can sometimes start to worry and doubt whether we made the right choice.  We get sort of paranoid. Maybe we're going to drown.  Maybe we're never going to get anyplace, and just float around till we die.

So, a good reminder.  God is faithful.  He will always do what he promises... and he promises to lead us to the promised land, to help us do the right things, and to bless us with joy and eternal (awesome) lives.  Today, let's work on letting go of our doubts, and trusting that as we follow God, even in the uncertain times when we aren't sure what direction we're headed, he will always be leading us towards good.

1 comment:

  1. "God are we there Yet"?
    Ummm!mybe not a good question.Lol.


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