Do you trust God? And if you do, do you trust Him in your mind and heart? Occasionally God tests us to see if we really do trust Him. A couple of things I like to do when I am in a sticky situation where I need to trust the Father of my spirit is to: 1) think back on my life and reflect on the thought—has He ever let me down? and 2) “try the virtue of the word of God” (Alma 31:5).
In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons (a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”), published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. (pp. 121-122), Gibbons shares doctrine and personal experience that help us realize that we can trust in God with complete assurance in the future.
Not one Moment More
When you pass through trials for His purposes, as you trust Him, exercise faith in Him, He will help you. That support will generally come step by step, a portion at a time. While you are passing through each phase, the pain and difficulty that comes from being enlarged will continue. If all matters were immediately resolved at your first petition, you could not grow. Your Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son love you perfectly. They would not require you to experience a moment more of difficulty than is absolutely needed for your personal benefit or for that of those you love (Richard G. Scott, “Trust in the Lord,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 17, emphasis added).
God, who knows everything and for whom all things are present (Doctrine and Covenants 38:2), does not seem to think of or speak of time in the same way we do. In order for us to have faith in Him, we must believe not only that He can do the best thing for us, but also that He will do it at the best time. In our hearts there must be a certainty that even though He may not come when we want Him to or expect Him to, He will always be on time. Faith is more than an awareness of what God can do for us. It is an awareness of what He is doing for us.
My son-in-law was out of work for eighteen months. This was a great test for him and for my daughter and their seven children. Near the end of his unemployment, when things were about to improve but no one knew it, our daughter asked for a father’s blessing. The message was surprising. Her preoccupation with what she was sure her family needed had made it hard for her to recognize the blessings she was already receiving, and of which the Lord reminded her in her blessing. In the blessing the Lord pointed out that in eighteen months without steady work, her family had never missed a meal or a house payment. The cars (both of them) were fixed as needed. There was gas money, and utility bills were paid on time. While they were praying for that one blessing of employment that they clearly needed, they failed to notice a continuous parade of smaller blessings from the loving hand of the Lord. They arose each morning and overlooked their daily manna as they sought for the security of a regular paycheck.
What then are we to do when we are required to wait? We must “hold on [our] way” (D&C 122:9). We must “hold out faithful to the end” (D&C 6:13). “But blessed are they who are faithful and endure, whether in life or in death, for they shall inherit eternal life” (D&C 50:5). This is our duty when, like Zacharias and Elisabeth, what we want and what we have are separated by years of waiting.
Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed (D&C 123:17).
I believe that there is a God in heaven, and He is our loving Heavenly Father. He knows our life’s situation in the most intricate detail. He will never let anything happen that won’t be for our good (in the eternal scheme of things)—if we trust Him. Sometimes it can be hard to fully trust God, but I testify that if we “try the virtue” (or the strength) of God, we will never be disappointed. I invite you to learn more about Mormons and the truths of eternity that they know of. As a Mormon, I promise to you that the things that are taught by LDS Church are true.
This article was written by Ashley Bell, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ashley Bell is a 22-year old wife, mother, BYU graduate, and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ashley loves to run, cook, garden, read, and most of all spend time with family and friends.