Life is filled with decisions. Oh boy, every single day is a marathon of making choices. Some of us like being the decision maker and some of us will take an eternity to decide. Some of our decisions are super important and so are pasta or salad for dinner, you know the not so crucial but still have an impact side of the spectrum.
In The book of mormon a verse in first Nephi asks “Have ye ainquired of the Lord?” God created us, He know’s us perfectly, He is our instruction manual… would it not make perfect sense to ask Him some of our questions that keep us in a perplexed state? It also would make sense that He would want to answer us.
A verse in second Nephi says-
Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.
So, if we want God to answer us, if we want His angels to guide and assist us the we need to feat upon His words – scripture and words of the prophets. Feast is defined by being a large meal or a a plentiful supply of something enjoyable, especially for the mind or senses. Now when I open my scriptures sometimes my reading of them resembles that of a child reading while a cartoon plays in the background, constantly looking up and getting sucked into it’s distraction. I would not define my daily scripture studying habits as a feast of reading and seeking answers.
We are promised in the previous verse that the words of Christ will tell you all the things what ye should do. That is kind of a magnificent promise and declaration. I think as humans we like to complicate things. God’s way is not complicated he said “come unto me all ye that are heavy laden take my yolk upon you and I will give thee rest.” But following God will take focus, sacrifice and constant effort.
Back to making decisions. A lot of our personal decisions can be made if we seek the scriptures for God’s way. Start at the 10 commandments, he are some examples-
Thou shall not have any other God’s before me – God wants us to put Him first because He knows what blessing you need and wants to give you them. This is immediately telling us what our number one priority needs to be – God first. So when you start your day what habits are you cultivating that make sure God is coming first in your life? Perhaps you begin the day with prayer, meditation, scripture study, journal writing, being in nature, listening to sacred music, using affirmations, visualizing, writing a gratitude list just to name a few ways.
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God” – The Sabbath day is for God. Leave the Sabbath day open to be filled with service, study, family and cultivating righteousness. When you are asked to work o Sunday you have already made the decision because you are keeping this commandment.
“Thou shalt not commit adultery” – You decide today you will not be unfaithful to your spouse, even before marriage you commit to live this way, saving yourself for your future partner. When you are married you cultivate that relationship and place it high on you priorities next to God. You don’t put yourself in compromising situations that would jeopardize you commitment to your spouse.
“Thou shalt not covet . . . anything that is thy neighbour’s”- You develop an attitude of gratitude of the things you have and recognize where all blessing flow from. When you find yourself coverting you stop and repent. Ask God to open your eyes to His hand in your life and heal your heart.
There are so many teachings, principles and doctrines within the pages of the scriptures that by adopting them we free up our mind. Our mind is able to focus on specific desires of your heart; shall I take that job? How can i help my child grow his confidence? How do I know how the spirit speaks to me? What is my personal purpose? Answers to these more defined personal questions can still be found within the scriptures and with some decisions already made up our hearts are more open and receptive to receiving revelation.
In the book of Alma chapter 34 it reads –
When you pour and pitcher full of water it takes effort to lift it, hold it and tilt it but when all has been poured it is empty. As we pour our hearts out unto God we will be empty and ready for Him to fill us up with Love, comfort, direction and guidance or whatever else we need.
There have been times (more than I would like to admit to) when my prayers to God were closed off and withdrawn. I felt hurt, stuck, depressed or flat out overwhelmed and kept it all to myself. My prayers would become monotonous and almost robotic and I remained feeling hurt, stuck, depressed and overwhelmed. Why??? Why would God take it away from me like He promised in the New Testament, why was my burdens not made lighter? Because I didn’t pour our my soul to him. I was holding onto my soul, guarding it, hiding it.
I love who the scripture in Alma says “Pour out your souls… in your wilderness” Even when we feel like we are totally abandoned and no one else seems to be braving the wilderness along side us still then we pour out our souls to God because he will –
“…cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right. But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong; therefore, you cannot write that which is sacred save it be given you from me.” D&C 9:8-9
I have experienced many times such direction for heaven and yet I still hold back… why? pride, pride and some more pride.
I don’t know what your reasons are that hold you back from having Heavenly Father guide you in your decisions but mine is pride. I want to feel like I’m in control and I want to look good, be successful and things to go my way. I have so much to learn but I am trying and I will continue to put one foot in front of the other and attempt to more fully pour out my soul to God so that He can give me the answers to my questions that I so desperately need.
Take your mind to one decision you need help with right now, today. Get really specific. God deals with specifics but that is a topic for another day. Ok, back to your specific question. Now start feasting on His words and pouring out your soul to Him and the repeat the next day and the next.
He will answer, He is there, you are His child and He loves you.