Saturday, September 26, 2015

1 Nephi 2:1-5

1 For behold, it came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father, yea, even in a dream, and said unto him: Blessed art thou Lehi, because of the things which thou hast done; and because thou hast been faithful and declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee, behold, they seek to take away thy life.

 2 And it came to pass that the Lord commanded my father, even in a dream, that he should take his family and depart into the wilderness.

 3 And it came to pass that he was obedient unto the word of the Lord, wherefore he did as the Lord commanded him.

 4 And it came to pass that he departed into the wilderness. And he left his house, and the land of his inheritance, and his gold, and his silver, and his precious things, and took nothing with him, save it were his family, and provisions, and tents, and departed into the wilderness.

 5 And he came down by the borders near the shore of the Red Sea; and he traveled in the wilderness in the borders which are nearer the Red Sea; and he did travel in the wilderness with his family, which consisted of my mother, Sariah, and my elder brothers, who were Laman, Lemuel, and Sam.
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Lehi reached out to God in prayer, God gave him a job to do: preach to the people, cry repentance. Lehi faithfully fulfilled that, he told the people the message God had for them. But the people rejected Lehi like so many other prophets before him. God in his mercy had tried multiple times through multiple people to get the people to repent, but they would not listen. Jerusalem was ripe for destruction. So God in his mercy towards those who are obedient told Lehi in a dream to get out of the city, go far away. He was yet again obedient. Nephi lists all those things that had to leave behind, was he remorseful? Did he see it as a sign of his father's faith? Maybe he lists those things to show us how rich his family was and the sacrifice Lehi made in leaving behind his riches. It had to be a big leap of faith. I don't think Lehi was given a 4 year plan from the Lord. When Lehi was first told to preach to the people I don't think he saw it ending with people threatening to kill him and him taking his family far away. Obedience seems to go hand and hand with faith, not knowing the future but just trusting that the Lord will lead the way. Trusting that he has your best interests at heart. That can be really hard to do when you have hope and dreams. Trusting that God will lead you to their fulfillment is huge. Like a child in a car trusting our parents to take us somewhere we'd like to go, we must trust our Heavenly Father to lead us and guide us to a place we want to be.

We must have faith AND obedience.

If we have faith and trust in the Lord then we may be called upon to leave our worldly possessions, Jesus told the rich man to give away all he had to the poor, Lehi was told to leave all his riches behind, the Latter-Day Saints often had to leave behind all they had and flee before mobs, the women in Nauvoo broke their fine china to help add beauty to the temple, we can not let worldly possessions or worldly pursuits get in the way of our relationship with God.

If we have faith and obey to Lord, follow the Spirit's promptings, follow the commandments then we will be lead to a land of promise, a place where we can grow spiritually, prosper and reach our potential.

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