Nephi supposes his audience is pondering what they should do after they have entered in by the way of Christ. “But, behold, why do ye ponder these things in your hearts?” (1)
He tells them that after they receive the Holy Ghost, they can speak with the “tongue of angels.” (2) And angels “speak the words of Christ.” (3) The Holy Ghost is a precious gift that can guide us in any decision we need to make.
Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.”2 Nephi 32:3
Nephi tells them that if they do not understand after all he has taught, it is “because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark.” (4)
Some in the world might think we are mindless lambs following Church leaders without thought. But these verses show that God does not want us to blindly follow Him. He asks that we have faith in His Son, for faith moves one to action, but He encourages us to gain our own testimonies of His will by asking, knocking, and seeking answers.
He wants to give us MORE. More light. More truth. More knowledge, so we may see clearly.
What others perceive as blind obedience is really enlightened action that aligns with God’s will. God does not leave us alone to wallow in darkness—we do that on our own by rebelling against Him. His gospel is one of mercy and acceptance.
If ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do. (5) Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ.”2 Nephi 32:6
We don’t have to wait for a commandment telling us what to do. If we listen to those small, yet powerful promptings from the Holy Ghost, He will tell us what to do each and every day. Even every minute.
What can I do to recognize and hear those promptings better? Are there things I could cut out of my life, so it isn’t so noisy?
Are there things I could add to my life to make me more receptive to the Holy Ghost?
Feast & Seek
After feasting upon God’s words, Nephi pleads with us to pray for understanding. We can learn the answers to the questions above so we can HEAR Christ in our lives. But we must pray. When we don’t want to pray, we can know of a surety that Satan is behind that desire. (8)
But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.”2 Nephi 32:9
Prayer opens the conduit to heaven. Prayer is how we consecrate our efforts and desires to God, for the benefit of our souls.
- Do I consistently and reverently turn to God in prayer?
- Do I plan my day with Him each morning, asking Him to consecrate my feeble efforts to the welfare of mine and my family’s souls?
- Do I pray before feasting upon His words, so that His Spirit is with me as I search for meaning, answers, and light?
- Do I end my day with communion with my Father, rehearsing what I’ve created (beauty, happiness, love….or grief, confusion, contention, chaos) and repenting and seeking His help to make the next day even better?
- Do I pray with my family?
There is power from above given to us when we pray. Are we taking advantage of this power and opportunity to deepen our relationship with God?