Led Through Faith
Have you ever been led by someone who didn’t seem confident in what they were doing? You may find your confidence in them is poor, and you may wonder if goals will ever be met. If we don’t have faith in what we are doing, we are like the leader who lacks confidence. This often happens when things don’t go the way we want them to; however, if you have faith in God, you can trust the plans he has for you, and you can become more confident in yourself.
Lehi is lead by God
Lehi was blessed for his faith and obedience as he traveled into the wilderness: “. . . as [he] arose in the morning, and went forth to the tent door, to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship; and it was of fine brass. And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness.” (1 Nephi 16:10).
Lehi soon learned that this brass ball, called the Liahona (Alma 37:38), only worked if he and his family showed faith. It “led us in the more fertile parts of the wilderness”, sustaining them on their journey. Nephi had a steel bow, but one day when Nephi was hunting, his steel bow broke. His family was hungry and fatigued from their travels. “Laman and Lemuel and the sons of Ishmael did begin to murmur exceedingly . . . and also my father began to murmur against the Lord his God.” (1 Nephi 16:17–21).
Nephi Leads through faith
Although it is easy to complain when things don’t go the way you want, Nephi knew that complaining wouldn’t fix the problem. Instead, Nephi decided to do something about it, despite being tired and hungry. He did not complain, but instead “did make out of wood a bow, and out of a straight stick, an arrow; wherefore, I did arm myself with a bow and an arrow, with a sling and with stones. And I said unto my father: Whither shall I go to obtain food?” Lehi prayed and was prompted to look at the ball he had found outside his tent. “. . . Nephi, did go forth up into the top of the mountain, according to the directions which were given upon the ball. And . . . did slay wild beasts [and] did obtain food for [their] families.” (1 Nephi 16:22–32).
In doing this Nephi showed faith that God would provide for their needs, and showed leadership by taking it upon himself to find a solution. He used the knowledge he had to do as much as he could. To help him with the knowledge he didn’t have, he went to the Prophet (his father Lehi) for direction from God for what he didn’t know. Likewise, if we lack knowledge and leadership, we can step up and do what we can, then ask God for help with the rest (see Proverbs 3:5–6).
We can be a good example to our families, friends, and colleges by finding solutions to problems instead of just complaining about them. Just as Lehi had the brass ball to lead the way, we have the scriptures, the Holy Spirit and other resources to help us find our way. Just as the Ball worked on faith and obedience to the commandments, so does our ability to feel and hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
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