You’re about to read a blog post that will likely not provide you with any answers. It won’t be a perfect representation of your situation, it isn’t meant to be. Likely the argument won’t be very well written, or present any wildly impressive ideas. But, in order for me to further understand the purposes of the Lord, it is necessary for me to write.
So that’s what I am doing, trying to sort something out that’s been on my mind.
I recently read in the first book of Nephi in the Book of Mormon about Laman, Lemuel, and Nephi; their father sent these brothers back to the Jerusalem. Do you remember why? To get the brass plates. Lehi dreamed a dream where the Lord commanded Lehi to send his sons back to Jerusalem to “seek the records.”
Do you remember what Nephi said? “I will go and do…”
“For I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”
So what happened after this?
They made a plan. Nephi says that God will prepare a way for them, and they made a plan. And the first one didn’t work.
So they tried again.
They probably thought it was an excellent plan. Likely they prayed and felt good about it. So good they went and gathered all of their possessions to exchange for these precious plates. They probably approached Laban confidently because they knew that God would prepare a way for them.
And what happened? They were robbed and almost killed.
Now, I am making some assumptions here, but judging from the response of Laman and Lemuel, that they really thought it was going to work. They beat Nephi with a rod. And an angel came and stopped them.
An angel? That is miraculous! They made a plan that didn’t work. The consequence of which an angel protected them from peril.
After the angel saved Nephi, Nephi then found Laban drunk in the street.
This is where I get confused. God had this plan the whole time. Why is it that he encouraged Nephi’s other plans? Why did he allow Nephi and his brothers to get robbed and almost killed? Why didn’t he just let them pause for a day and find Laban drunk in the street?
They could have kept all of their possessions if so. Nephi wouldn’t have got beat by his brothers. And they wouldn’t have seen an angel. What resulted from failing earlier?
A few thoughts:
- Nephi is more aware that God delivered Laban to him.
- Nephi knows that angels are watching out for him.
- Nephi knows his brothers really can’t hurt him.
- Nephi is more aware of how important the brass plates are?
- Laman and Lemuel didn’t gain any knowledge after failing. They only became angry.
- Other reasons?
Why does God let us fail when he has a plan all along? As we see from the scriptures, Nephi gained light and knowledge from failing. And later succeeded with a full knowledge that God had a plan and that Nephi could trust that plan.
I’ve seen this pattern in my life. I’ve made plans. Really good ones, directed by God. And I’ve failed in really big/miserable ways. But for some reason it becomes okay. I see angels watching out for me. I tend to gain greater light and knowledge, and then see the hand of the Lord guiding my life a lot more clearly.
That’s it. That’s my whole blog post. What thoughts do you have? Please comment!