Sunday, August 28, 2016

Tempests- 1 Nephi 18:14

1 Nephi 18:14

 14 And on the fourth day, which we had been driven back, the tempest began to be exceedingly sore.

Why was it on the fourth day that the tempest began to be so bad?
We have agency to rebel or to choose to follow the Lord. Laman and Lemuel were given three days to change their minds on their own before the Lord brought on the big storm to accomplish His purpose to bring them all to the promised land.

From the Seminary Book of Mormon Student Manual

Read 1 Nephi 18:12–14, 17–19, and look for the consequences of their rebellion. How did Nephi and other family members suffer as a result of the actions of others? Notice how the rebellious actions of some affected the entire group’s ability to receive guidance from God.
The actions of those who rebelled show us that sin leads to suffering for ourselves and sometimes for others as well.

When people rebel then Satan and his forces take over and that sometimes is manifest in some extremely stormy times in their lives.

Jonah Ch.1:4-5
 3 But Jonah rose up to aflee unto Tarshish from the bpresence ofthe Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to gowith them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
 4 ¶But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and therewas a mighty atempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to bebroken.

Psalms 11:6

Psalms 11:6

6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

3 Nephi 8:6

6 And there was also a great and terrible tempest; and there was terrible thunder, insomuch that it did shake the whole earth as if it was about to divide asunder.


Matthew 8:24

24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.
 25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying,Lord, save us: we perish.
 26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye afearful, O ye oflittle faith? Then he arose, and brebuked the winds and thesea; and there was a great calm.

Jesus has all power to make a tempest and to calm a tempest. He is the creator and Master.

April 2000 Wirthlin
Finding A Safe Harbor

Many today feel troubled and distressed; many feel that, at any moment,the ships of their lives could capsize or sink. It is to you who are looking fora safe harbor that I wish to speak today, you whose hearts are breaking,you who are worried or afraid, you who bear grief or the burdens of sin,you who feel no one is listening to your cries, you whose hearts are pleading, “Master, cares t thou not that I perish?” To you I offer a few words of comfort and of counsel.
Be assured that there is a safe harbor. You can find peace amidst the storms that threaten you. Your Heavenly Father—who knows when even a sparrow falls—knows of your heartache and suffering. He loves you and wants the best for you. Never doubt this. While He allows all of us to make choices that may not always be for our own or even others’ well-being, and while He does not always intervene in the course of events, He has promised the faithful peace even in their trials and tribulations.

If we refuse to listen then God cannot and will not guide us.
After the trial of our faith, we will be blessed.
Nephi was blessed after three days of pleading with the Lord to be released from the bands that held him and then his prayers were answered and the storm became even worse and the ship was driven back.

Sometimes we may feel that our trials will never end and that the help will never come. The adversary takes over peoples lives but in time, they will meet the storm that will deny them direction and protection. Then righteousness will prevail.

We never stay in one place in life. We either go forward or backward .

Hymn; Be Still My Soul 124
D&C 101
 1 Verily I say unto you, concerning your brethren whohave been afflicted, and apersecuted, and bcast out from theland of their inheritance—
 2 I, the Lord, have suffered the aaffliction to come uponthem, wherewith they have been afflicted, in consequenceof their btransgressions;
 3 Yet I will own them, and they shall be amine in that daywhen I shall come to make up my jewels.
 4 Therefore, they must needs be achastened and tried,even as bAbraham, who was commanded to offer up hisonly son.
 5 For all those who will not aendure chastening, but bdenyme, cannot be sanctified.

197 Quickly I'll Obey

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