Wednesday, March 7, 2018

1st Nephi 3:6 -- On Sticking with God

"Therefore go, my son, and thou shalt be favored of the Lord, because thou hast not murmured."
1st Nephi 3:6

This struck me today because I think that we don't always realize that we're getting ourselves into trouble.  In the scriptures, especially this story about Nephi and his brothers, it is more clear... the doubt and murmuring leading to truly rejecting the gospel and rebelling against God... but it took a long time and a lot of temporary bouts of repentance to get there.

We can fall into that same trap that Laman and Lemuel fell into... doubting prophecy, losing faith in God's ability to answer prayers or solve problems, not being willing to endure hardship... all of these are small things by themselves.  No large dramatic stalking out and slamming the door and calling God names, but we see that with Laman and Lemuel all of these small frustrations and lapses led to a huge rift and the apostasy of a whole society.

Hopefully our own lives won't lead to something similarly dramatic in a bad way, but let's do more than hope.  Let's cling to God, and trust him and the servants that he has provided for us.  Let's follow the prophets and be willing to endure hardship in order to follow God.

Life is assuredly not always easy, but God makes everything better, and he will make everything all right in the end.  We just have to stick with him.  Let's do so, today and always.

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