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"And because of this their great wickedness, and their boastings in their own strength,
they were left to their own strength." Helaman 4:13
This chilled me to the bone. How many times have I decided that I, like a stubborn child, can do it by myself!, only to find myself really, actually trying to do it on my own? What a devastating state in which to be! Here I have a loving Father who wants to help me do a thing that He, in His eternal wisdom, knows I cannot do on my own and I refuse Him. The verse goes on:
"Therefore, they did not prosper, but were afflicted and smitten,
and driven before the Lamanites, until they had lost possession
of almost all their lands." Helaman 4:13
I never want to be caught in this trap. I never want to be "left in my own strength." I want to say, like Lehi of old, "I know in whom I have trusted."
My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness;
and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep.
He hath filled me with his love . . .
He hath confounded mine enemies . . .
He hath heard my cry.
Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord and say:
O Lord, I will praise thee forever;
yea my soul will rejoice in thee, my God,
and the rock of my salvation." 2 Nephi 4:19-23, 30