Faith is an interesting thing. It is how we believe in things that we can’t see yet, but we know must be on their way. Testing this belief or faith is also important.

Alma 32:41-43 says:

But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.

And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.

Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.

The part I have emphasized is the diligence, patience, long-suffering and waiting for the blessings. That can be very hard to do, to wait. It is not as if by exercising even more faith, you can force the blessings to come faster. You have to continue to believe, act on that belief, and wait for the promised blessings, with faith.

What this means is that in your mind and heart you have to believe that the blessings are coming and that is what will hopefully inspire you to act. You can be faithful and act correctly or be unfaithful and act correctly. Laman and Lemuel did not believe they would be successful at getting the brass plates, but they went and did it anyway, even if their part was to wait outside the walls until Nephi got back. They complained and acted in accordance with the commandment reluctantly. Sort of like when Nephi had to build the boat and Laman and Lemuel eventually went along. To act with faith is to go forward happily and to do what the Lord wants you to do. It is tough to do.

From Ether 12:6 ” I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith“. Acting even when you do not see the end result is part of the trial of faith.

The Lord determines what the trial is and how long it will take. It will often take longer than you think it will because that is part of the test. The secret is to keep going forward, believing that it will work out in the end, work out well and probably better than you expected.

I have been going forward with faith in a direction that has not yet borne the fruit that I know will come. It is very difficult for me but I have persevered. I know that the blessings will come and they will come on time. I have read that the Lord doesn’t always come when we think He should, but He is never late.

I know that the Lord will come when the time is right, and that I will be blessed for my faithfulness.  From Doctrine and Covenants 130:20-21 “There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated— And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by  obedience to that law upon which it is predicated”.  Faithfulness brings blessings, as well as paying a full tithe, generous fast offerings, and listening to the still small voice.

I’ll follow up this post later.

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