The Growth of Faith in Trials
This morning my insights came from Sariah, Nephi's mother. Women are so rarely mentioned in the scriptures, but often when they are there is a very powerful lesson being taught. I have missed this one until today. I guess I just didn't have the life experiences to understand it yet. It ties well in with Monday's post so if you haven't read it yet... Profound Lessons Today. This is what I noticed today...
Sariah had the trial of having to wait on the Lord for her prayers to be answered. The Lord often does not answer our prayers right away because the true growth in faith happens during the waiting. If He helped us too quickly, we would be deprived of that increased faith. His goal then is not to rescue us immediately, but to give us that sure knowledge and trust in him that leads to the fullness of joy.
Sariah struggles with this waiting. Perhaps this is the biggest trial she has ever had. This is the first time we hear of her murmuring against her husband and their decision to leave Jerusalem. I am sure she had faced trials and difficulties from the journey already, but the thought of loosing all of her sons really brought her into a dark place. I understand that now, because I have been taken into that dark place many times when additional stresses have compounded the trial of losing my husband. It is during these waiting times, that FEAR can creep into our faith. It can destroy our hope with worries about the future, worries that may never even come to fruition. That is not the work of God, but of the devil. He wants us to be crippled by fear. He knows the power for good that is in all of us, and his goal is to disable us if he can get us to switch sides.
Even though Sariah struggles and feels fear, she listens to the counsel of her husband, the prophet, and she is comforted. We learn that in that dark place she turns to the Lord and finds peace. That is a great pattern for us. Notice that she finds peace BEFORE the trial is ended. Part of the reason for the delay in the answer is to give us time to come out of the darkness by turning to the Lord. He gives us the opportunity to come to ourselves first. THIS IS WHEN THE LEARNING HAPPENS! It is in the coming to ourselves. Just as