In Book of Mormon class this week, part of what we discussed was 2 Nephi 4. One of the many reasons this chapter merits reading is the counsel it can give when we are having a bad say, or feel like we are being overcome by sin. This is one of the moments in scripture where we see the great prophets of old as men, imperfect men with faults that they strive to overcome through the power of God. Nephi is a great example.
In class we covered verses 15-30, in which Nephi states the desires of his heart and how “his soul delighteth in the things of the Lord”, followed by a declaration of weakness, for we are all only human and will never be perfect on our own. But, through all that, he still lists the many blessings the Lord has given him, and reevaluates how he is living his life because of all the mighty miracles he has seen and the truth that has been witnessed unto him. Nephi then recommits to the Lord and eschews sin.
A portion of the chapter that we did not cover in class, however, is one of my favorite parts. In verse 34 Nephi cries
34 O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.
I find this to be a very important part of coming to Christ. It is not just simply committing to keep the commandments, it is trusting our all to his tender care, knowing that he will always do what is best for us. If we only rely on our own understanding and judgement then we cannot progress.
One way we can apply this in our lives is by asking the Lord what specifically we can do to become better diciples of Jesus Christ. During this past October 2015 General Conference, I heard many general authorities and church leaders encourage us to go to the Lord in prayer and ask what we can do to better serve him. In order for us to truly benefit from His guidance, we need to trust in him and actually act on the prompting we will recieve if we sincerely ask in faith.