Some people believe that if you just have faith in something God is going to give it to you. Sadly, it doesn't work that way. Although we may have faith in something that we want, it doesn't mean that it's something Heavenly Father wants for us. It may not be in our plan or best interest. I know some people that have had faith that a family member will make it through an illness. Those people sometimes pass away. Occasionally, the family will then scorn God and blame him. Why can't we have faith that Heavenly Father knows what he is doing? Why must we make it all about what we want and not what we need. We can learn from things that don't go as planned for us. In this new year, why don't we have faith in the Lord to give us what we need, not necessarily what we want. I know I sometimes struggle with accepting the Lord's plan.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave a talk during the October 2016 General Women's Session titled "Fourth Floor, Last Door". In the talk he says "the purpose of faith is not to change God’s will but to empower us to act on God’s will. Faith is trust—trust that God sees what we cannot and that He knows what we do not. Sometimes, trusting our own vision and judgment is not enough." We must trust the Lord to know what is best for us. "We walk by whatever faith we have, seeking always to increase our faith. Sometimes, this is not an easy quest. Those who are impatient, uncommitted, or careless may find faith to be elusive. Those who are easily discouraged or distracted may hardly experience it. Faith comes to the humble, the diligent, the enduring." Faith is never easy, make sure to practice it daily. "Don’t give up. Seek God with all your heart. Exercise faith. Walk in righteousness. God’s reward is not usually behind the first door. So we need to keep knocking".
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