Mormon Dilemma 337

06 August

Self Reliance

Providing in the Lord’s Way”, Liahona and Ensign, November 2011; “The Lord’s way is not to sit at the side of the stream and wait for the water to pass before we cross. It is to come together, roll up our sleeves, go to work, and build a bridge or a boat to cross the waters of our challenges.”—Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Isaiah 43:1-6; “But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. 4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. 5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; 6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth.”

Joshua 3:5, 17; “And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you. 17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan…”

Exodus 14:13-14, 21-22; “…Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD…14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. 21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.”

Also see Acts 27:1-44 and Mark 4:35-39.

The passage in Isaiah is one of my absolute favorite passages in the entire Bible. The Lord showed me those verses as I began praying for the salvation of my children when they were toddlers.

After reading the LDS “Gem” for the day I thought of the passage in Isaiah and then began thinking about all the other places in the Bible that talked about God taking His people through deep and/or treacherous waters.

Now don’t you think the Lord has given us enough examples of how He operates? These experiences took place over some 3,000 years and there was God, the consummate protector, saving His people even through the most tumultuous of times.

We can take these examples and use them in our daily lives today. There is nothing He can’t do! We need to pray, be diligent and always turn to Him before, during and after we do anything in this life. Expecting to just do things on our own volition is pride and pride is usually the culprit of every sin we commit against God. 

And then we have an “apostle” who says we need to do things for ourselves because that’s what God expects of us? Come on, really?

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