Trusting in God’s Promises

Lately I have been thinking about doubt.  Let’s be honest, we all experience it sometimes.  Whether it is doubt in our own abilities, doubt in other people, doubt in answers to questions, even doubt in God.

However, I’ve also been thinking a lot about promises!  And not just any promises, but God’s promises.  One definition states that a promise is a commitment to someone that you will definitely do something or that something will definitely happen in the future.  It is something we should be able to trust in, and something that should usually bring us a sense of hope and assurance.  

Now, not everyone keeps their promises.  But the Lord and Master, our Savior Jesus Christ, DOES.

I have recently learned a lot about how trustworthy He really is.  This past summer, all the missionaries in the New York Rochester Mission read the entire Book of Mormon together in just under 9 weeks.  We marked every reference to Christ–His attributes, His words, His names, His doctrines.  It was the best challenge EVER!  I made some connections as I found myself in its pages:

People in the Book of Mormon, just like today, were faced with extreme difficulties and trials.  They struggled with their faith, they experienced profound disappointments, they saw families torn by discord, and there were times when they were in spiritual or physical bondage.  There were many of them who faced doubts.  There were many times when things just didn’t make sense.  Yet despite all of these struggles, there were those who remained faithful to the Lord and trusted that His promises would be fulfilled.  Despite how at times everything seemed against their favor and they were perhaps wondering how God could possibly be answering their prayers, they held fast to their trust in Him and never doubted that He would fulfill His word.  Often His promises were not fulfilled until much later than they had supposed, and yet for those who kept His commandments and remained close to Him, they always were fulfilled.

Think for a moment.  What are the promises that God has made to you?  Do you know them?  Do you truly understand the promises that He extends to all those who are faithful to His name?

He promises that He will be with us and never forsake us.  He promises us that in our hour of trial, He will not leave us comfortless.  He promises us that whatever we leave behind for His sake, He will give us a hundredfold in return.  He promises us that despite whatever challenges we pass through, we will find a fullness of joy as we endure righteously. He promises us that we will have all that His Father has.  Ultimately, He promises us everlasting salvation and eternal life.

And these are just the beginning.  What greater promises could you have than from the Creator of all things?  His word NEVER fails!  

So if you’re confused, discouraged, doubtful, or starting to question whether God really hears your prayers, don’t worry. Be patient. Because “God is powerful to the fulfilling of all His words. … He will fulfill his promises which he shall make unto you, for he has fulfilled his promises which he has made unto our fathers.” (Alma 37:16-17)

Awakening

One of the most sacred experiences I have been blessed to have is that of praying in the Sacred Grove.  There is pure majesty that exists there.

What I feel goes something like this:

Kneeling down, eyes closed in prayer.  Darkness.  I see nothing.  This helps me focus on the things of a far more eternal nature.  Whispered, heartfelt words, spoken with the marvelous understanding that somewhere above, a grand and glorious being–God, our Heavenly Father–is listening.  For a moment, the world is lost.  Distractions disappear and I am at one.  I know who I am.

And then, as I end my simple prayer, I open my eyes.  Green.  Light.  Life.  Wisdom.  Perfect stillness.  Everything seems new and beautiful.  The trees know, I think.  They know where they are and they bear powerful record of it.

In that moment, I feel revived–new, pure, and filled with purpose.  In short, I feel as though I have awakened.

Awaken: [verb] to spring into being, to wake up, to stir, or to rouse from sleep or inactivity

To you reading this, are you aware that you are a child of God?  Are you aware that you have unlimited divine potential?  Are you aware that you have a Savior that loves you unconditionally?  Are you aware that your spirit existed before this earthly life and that your time here is simply a training ground for a much more eternal destiny?

My dear friends, awaken.  Spring into being!  Look around you and see the beauty in everything!  Do not let the mundane struggles of life drag you down.  Open up your eyes to the light around you, for  “the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings; which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space—The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:11-13)

God is in the details.  I feel Him in the rays of sunshine from above.  I feel Him as I pray in the Sacred Grove.  I feel Him in the beauty of nature.  I feel Him in the kind smile of a stranger.  I feel Him through the scriptures.  I feel Him through music.  His tender mercies “are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty.” (1 Nephi 1:20)

You may feel God’s presence in your life differently than I do.  All of us come to know Him in a different way.  Perhaps right now you may not feel Him at all.

But how can we recognize Him unless we first awaken to the reality of His existence?

And what greater day than today to awaken your souls to truly finding Him?

 

 

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”   ― Roald Dahl