BLOG: (June 13-19) 1 Samuel 8-10; 13; 15-18, "Trusting in the Lord"
David trusted in the Lord. His faith was in Jesus Christ. Trusting and having faith in things that are not seen is difficult for most of us humans. The way that it becomes easier is through experiencing the Lord’s blessings and promises kept when we keep His commandments. We experiment upon the word through our actions and are rewarded for our exercise of faith. This process, desiring to believe, acting on that belief, and then recognizing the good fruits of those actions is how we build our faith and trust in the Lord.
The Lord has asked us to do lots of things; nothing that is beyond our power with His help. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil 4:13). My twins recently turned 6 and we’ve been working with them to become independent swimmers and to practice the different swim strokes. One twin has an easier time than the other. The more hesitant twin doesn’t want to stray too far on her own. She trusts that when I’m next to her, she can do it even when it’s hard. We pushed her to swim all the way across the big pool at the high school yesterday. It took her a while. I was next to her the whole time, but she did it. She wanted to give up several times and tried to reach for me to hold her up rather than tread the water like she’s been taught when she needed a break. I expressed faith in her and her abilities. I knew she could do it and I was next to her the whole time in case she panicked and needed extra support. She made it! And all on her own. She trusted in my faith in her abilities to be able to make it, and when I told her to keep going, she did.
Sometimes the things the Lord asks us to do seem too difficult and we lack the courage and faith in ourselves to be able to accomplish them. We oftentimes lack a vision of what can and might be if we hold the course. This lack of vision affects our actions. Why would I put in effort if I’m not sure of the results? Conversely, having vision affects our actions as well. President Nelson in his latest YA broadcast, explained that an understanding of three fundamental truths will help us prepare for our future course:
Know the truth about who you are
Know the truth about what Heavenly Father and His Son have offered you
Know the truth related to your conversion
Understanding who we are and what the Father has in store for us gives us vision for why we’re here and helps to supply motivation for acting accordingly. My daughter didn’t know she could make it all the way across the pool on her own. I shared the vision of my plan for her and she trusted in me. She knew I had her best interests at heart and that I would be there for her if she faltered. I know this is a simple example, but the principles are the same. When we have a vision or even trust in someone who does have a vision for us, our behavior changes. This behavior change is further expounded when we have an accurate understanding of who we are.
President Nelson further explained that our identity should be wrapped up in 3 things
You are a child of God
You are a child of the covenant
You are a disciple of Jesus Christ
David understood these three things about who he was. He identified as a follower of Christ. He understood his covenant with the Lord and the promises the Lord had made. He knew the Lord was stronger than the Philistines, and he knew that “the battle is the Lord’s” (1 Sam 17:47). The Philistines and even the other Israelites only saw David as a boy, untried when it came to combat. They didn’t see him as a covenant son of God in that moment, they saw him through the lens of mortality. The Lord knew David’s heart even while the others only looked on his outward appearance (1 Sam 16:7).
David trusted that the Lord would help him defeat Goliath. He trusted in the Lord’s strength and not the arm of the flesh. How well do I trust in the Lord? Do I follow all of His commandments with exactness, or do I maybe fudge a little here and there by rationalizing and thinking exceptions can be made because of whatever circumstances I encounter and justify making an exception?
Do I trust when the Lord says to avoid shows with immorality? Or do I trust in the arm of flesh that says the show is a good one or that it’s “not that bad”?
Do I trust the Lord when He asks me to not be easy to anger, or do I trust in the arm of flesh thinking that reacting in anger is the best way to deal with the situation? (maybe keep this in mind when conversing with people with opposing political views during this election year)
Do I trust the Lord when His prophet asks me to do something or not do something, or do I trust that I know better and "kick against the pricks"?
This isn’t to say that whatever the Lord says through His prophets is to be followed blindly, but I need to pray with real intent and be as close to the Spirit as possible to hear and understand His honest answer.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding (Prov 3:5-6) I lean unto my own understanding when I choose to disregard instead of wrestle with things I don't understand.
It’s easier to trust in the Lord when I know He has a plan for me and understand the truth about what He and His Son have offered me. We could call this plan His vision for us. Like I mentioned above, having this understanding affects our behavior. The same thing can be brought down to a smaller scale. For example, my vision for my role as a mother. My vision includes me leading my children to Christ by example and mentoring. When I have this in the forefront of my mind while interacting with my children, I behave differently. When they misbehave, I can react to the situation (trusting in the arm of the flesh) or I could pause and consider my role as their mother to lead them to Christ. Depending on which one, or whatever variation in between, is on my mind and heart at the time, my actions reflect which one I’m allowing to influence me. When I keep the vision of my parenting written in my heart and mind, I show up as the kind of mother I want to be.
David chose to act on his faith. Recall that faith without works, or actions, is dead (James 2:20). It was easy to see the fruits of his faith. First he proclaimed his faith in the Lord, and then he slew Goliath. The Philistines fled. My actions are the fruits of my testimony and discipleship of Christ. By their fruits ye shall know them.
I'm Tiffany and I live in sunny Arizona (love me some sunshine!). I have 5 beautiful daughters. I know what you're thinking, that's A LOT of estrogen! and you'd be right, but we have some of the greatest times known to mankind through our adventures in learning (we homeschool), loving, playing, and growing together. In my spare time, I love to read (I own literally thousands of books) and hike in the beautiful mountains near my home.