In my life I have come to learn faith in the Lord is not always a clear linear path because, the strait and narrow way is not so straight or necessarily obvious to our mortal minds (see: Matthew 7:13-14). Often times I imagine events would happen in a certain way when in fact they did not. We learn from Father Lehi while teaching his son, Jacob:
But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. (2 Nephi 2:24.)
God Wants Us to Trust Him
I think one of the greatest lessons God wants us to learn is to trust Him through faith in His Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Daily, I reach to God with faith that He knows what is best for me, and His infinite wisdom is without equal. Sometimes I am allowed to see His wisdom in retrospect—I am grateful for those opportunities to see God’s ways are infinitely better. These experiences build faith and I hold them dear to my heart—remembering them is crucial for enduring when His will is not easily discernible. Trusting His wisdom, His love, and that He knows what is best for me from an eternal perspective can be one of the most difficult and challenging lessons life has to offer. The Lord through the Prophet Isaiah teaches how His ways are best:
¶For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:8-11.)
This passage in Isaiah is one of my many scriptural anchors in the storms of my life. When the many storms beat upon me I hold to the Lord’s promise, “my word . . . shall not return unto me void.” In other words, I know the Lord does not make empty promises. When He says something, He stands behind His words.
It is also easy for me to see the imagery of the rain and snow watering the earth to bring forth life (see: in Isaiah 55:10.) The wet and bitter cold of winter brings life in the spring. Likewise, it seems the trials of my winters are what water the seeds of my faith when my springs come, and they always come. I can honestly says this because, I have seen His word fulfilled many times in my life. Since I am mortal and my faith is still growing I can relate to the father who brought his stricken child to the Lord when he said:
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. (Mark 9:24.)
Lord, I Believe!
The uncertainties of life can be frightening and stretch our faith to the limits. I frequently cry out, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” As I cling to faith, endeavor to cast out fear, and exercise faith to not worry about those things in my life beyond my control, then I have peace, because my Heavenly Father has proven Himself in my life—He has not left me alone! I return again to the words of Isaiah, “[His] word . . . shall not return to [Him] void, but shall [all be fulfilled.]”
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