Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Faith causes things to happen

God worketh unto man according to their faith (Moroni 10:7), (Ether 12:29).  Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6).  This idea of God working with us according to our faith was the first thing Moroni chose to say after being comforted by words of the Lord regarding weaknesses and humility (see Ether 12:26-29).  

Faith is a principle of belief, of action, and of power in all intelligent beings, both in heaven and on earth.. (See Lectures on Faith, 7:2).

President Boyd K. Packer described faith, saying:

"There are two kinds of faith. One of them functions ordinarily in the life of every soul. It is the kind of faith born by experience; it gives us certainty that a new day will dawn…It is the kind of faith that relates us with confidence to that which is scheduled to happen… There is another kind of faith, rare indeed. This is the kind of faith that causes things to happen. It is the kind of faith that is worthy and prepared and unyielding, and it calls forth things that otherwise would not be. It is the kind of faith that moves people. It is the kind of faith that sometimes moves things… It is a marvelous, even a transcendent, power, a power as real and as invisible as electricity. Directed and channeled, it has great effect." (Boyd K. Packer, "What is Faith?" "Faith" [Salt Lake City: Desert Book Co., 1983], p. 42, emphasis added)

As I think about faith being a principle of action and power in all intelligent beings, it becomes clear we are all creatures of faith.  No matter what we do, it's faith based, experience and faith cause us to do what we do.  Although for the most part it's not viewed that way.

I got to wondering about when faith seems to result in things that are at first viewed as bad or uncomfortable. Sometimes it's easy to view such things as either God's displeasure, or even a lack of faith. However if bad things (as you perceive them) happen at what seems the very moment you try and exercise faith.....yet is your faith not working? The challenge then becomes to not misinterpret and falsely accuse, or charge foolishly (Job 1:22) what God is using to answer or teach.  I had the thought that just because some circumstance or answer didn't look perfect and pretty at first doesn't mean the faith was bad. May just mean there were lessons or important events or development that needed to occur first.  Faith causes things to happen....and probably a variety of things, some of which will be uncomfortable.    

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