Yesterday I was reading the first couple of chapters of the Book of Mormon. The story begins with a family who is leaving everything they know and have to follow God’s commandments. Like Noah in the bible, they face ridicule as they act faithfully. We get a little more detail on the inner workings of Lehi’s family in the Book of Mormon. As they set out, the two oldest brothers “murmur” or complain. With our perspective, hundreds of years in the future, we look back disapprovingly. “Why didn’t they choose the right?” “Where is their faith?” we ask. Secretly, we assure ourselves that we would never react that way when faced with a commandment from God.
But, as I was reading yesterday, I came across this verse:
“And they did murmur because they knew not the dealings of that God who had created them.” (1 Nephi 2:12).
We are not so unlike those two older brothers. We also don’t know the dealings of God, and what is our response? Do we press forward with faith or do we complain about what is happening in our lives? Where is our faith? We must remember that God has a plan for us, after all, he created us and placed us here in this time and place for a purpose. I know that the Lord loves us and wants to bless us, but the way that he does it is not always apparent at first.
“Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.” (1 Nephi 31:20)