When God's Directions Don't Make Sense
When God commands us to do something, there may be a feeling of doubt as to how the task will be accomplished. It may appear impossible, but scripture tells a different story.
All of us know the famous verse of Paul's, Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." This verse alone should bring confidence that, through Jesus, all things can be done.
There's another example in the Book of Mormon. It's the story of how a group of men accomplished a very important task, even after it seemed like all was lost. In 1 Nephi 3, God told Lehi to instruct his sons to go back to Jerusalem and get the record of the Jews and Lehi's genealogy. These records were in the hands of an unsavory man named Laban.
Two of the sons, Laman and Lemuel, complained about the task, but the other two, Nephi and Sam, knew it wasn't Lehi's commandment; it was God's.
Before departing, Nephi told his father the moral of the whole story, "I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them."
The task, while sounding pretty simple, didn't turn out to be an easy one. It got so bad, Laman and Lemuel murmured even after seeing an angel. But the mission was accomplished because God provided a way (1 Nephi 3:8 though 1 Nephi 4).
Sometimes that way doesn't seem logical. Even in this case, Nephi questioned God's instructions when He instructed him to slay Laban; however, he was obedient and brought the records back to Lehi.
As we read — or in my case write — this article, maybe we find ourselves in a similar situation as Nephi. Maybe we're still making our way to Jerusalem, so to speak, or perhaps we're already there but things aren't going well. No matter what, we can rest assured that God is going to tell us how to get the job done.
It may not make sense at first, but whatever He says, His way is always the best way. He's never led anybody in the wrong direction before, and He won't start now. All we need to do is pray and prepare to be used to accomplish the task at hand. And through Jesus Christ, that's exactly what will happen.