A Dose of Humility, Beginnings of Faith

American Scripture with Steve Farrell

Faith is a basic thing anyone can acquire with marvelous results … if only. If only we are humble enough to understand our limitations, wise enough to give ear to those appointed to point the way, and patient and determined enough to reap those rewards that are always there for the faithful.

King Benjamin was one appointed to show us the way. He gave us a starting point:

Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend. 1

Faith begins with our acknowledgment that although God has endowed us with the faculty of reason, we haven’t arrived at His level yet — no kidding — in fact, that no matter how smart and wise we think we are we fall miserably short of the Great Scientist, the Grand Creator, the Most Intelligent of all Intelligences, the Font of All Truth, Wisdom, Justice, and Mercy.

If we can humble ourselves and admit that, we are on our way to faith. If not, Heaven help us and everyone else who has to endure the ignorance of our arrogance.

But again, acquire that primary witness, which anyone may receive by study, the exercise of reason, obedience to the ten commandments (for starters), prayer, and the assuring witness of the Holy Ghost, that man, woman, or child is then ready to turn to Him with all the other questions of heart and mind — and there begin the journey of faith that brings us “line upon line, precept upon precept” to a greater knowledge of who we are, why we are here, and what is our destiny individually and as families — and oh yes, how to brave the storm, climb that mountain, or find our way out of that mesmerizing maze of our own making.

Footnote

  1. Mosiah 4:9, Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

Steve Farrell is one of the original pundits at Silver Eddy Award Winner, NewsMax.com (1999-2008), associate professor of political economy at George Wythe University, the author of the highly praised inspirational novel “Dark Rose,” and editor in chief of The Moral Liberal.

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