Chapter 2, verses 1 and 3: For behold, it came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father, yea, even in a dream, and said unto him: Blessed art thou Lehi, because of the things which thou hast done; and because thou hast been faithful and declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee, behold, they seek to take away thy life.
Verse 3: And it came to pass that he was obedient unto the word of the Lord, wherefore he did as the Lord commanded him.
Nephi states the Lord’s speaking to Lehi as a normal thing not as a miracle or uncommon. The Lord talked to my father and told him what to do. This implies to me that Lehi’s family were faithful people who loved the Lord and involved Him in their lives through prayer, faith, and obedience to His commandments.
I like the statement that the Lord makes to Lehi that the people sought to take his life because Lehi has been faithful to what the Lord commanded him. There is not fear but just statement of fact. The Lord gives Lehi a solution to separate himself and his family from the people who seek his life.
Lehi continued obeying the Lord, a practice that was familiar to him. Making the Lord a part of our lives and following His commandments shows that we are faithful to Him. If this pattern is the habit of our lives, it enables the Lord to bless us and even speak to us when necessary.
I’ve found that when I involve the Lord in my life through my obedience, reading the scriptures, praying, and serving others, that I’m more able to hear His still, small voice when He speaks to me. I’ve learned over the years to recognize that voice more often and not to argue with it. When I’ve argued and not done what the Lord commanded me, I’ve regretted it because mistakes have been made and consequences of negative type have followed.
Including the Lord in my daily life has brought me peace and helped me get through my trials learning lessons of eternity that help me in my life on earth. I like Lehi desire to be obedient unto the word of the Lord and to do as He commands me whether it be through His Spirit or scriptures or words of His living prophet.
Verse 7: And it came to pass that he built an altar of stones, and made an offering unto the Lord, and gave thanks unto the Lord our God.
After Lehi obeyed the Lord, he worshipped him and expressed His gratitude. I’ve found that when I’m obedient, that the Lord blesses me. Even when asked to do things outside my comfort zone, or maybe especially then, the blessings are greater than if I was not obedient to God’s word. Choosing an attitude of gratitude and acknowledging the Lord’s blessings in my life has made life sweeter for me. The faith it takes to obey, especially when it is hard, grows deeper faith within me which brings more peace to my heart.
Sometimes the immediate results of obedience to the Lord’s commandments brings harder circumstances, but my continued effort and commitment to Him results in better conditions than I had anticipated. He knows my heart and desires and when I obey Him, He grants my desires even though it may take much longer to receive them than I had anticipated. There is a sweetness I’ve noticed in recognizing that the Lord has given me what I wanted especially after time and struggle to do right.
Lehi’s desires and efforts to do the Lord’s did not have immediate results in receiving the Lord’s blessings. Some of those blessings are just being fulfilled now thousands of years after Lehi was obedient to the Lord’s commandments. This gives me hope that my obedience to the Lord’s commandments will also yield results a long time into the future.
Verses 9,10: And when my father saw that the waters of the river emptied into the fountain of the Red Sea, he spake unto Laman, saying: O that thou mightest be like unto this river, continually running into the fountain of all righteousness!
10: And he also spake unto Lemuel: O that thou mightest be like unto this valley, firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord!
Lehi loved his children; he wanted what was best for them. He expressed to them his hope and faith that they would choose the right and be strong in following the Lord. His eldest two children did not have long term commitment to the Lord and one of the major themes in the Book of Mormon is the faith and obedience and then the turning from the Lord that occurs in Lehi’s descendants.
I also desire my children to be committed to the Lord’s commandments and to love Him. I’ve made many choices which were sacrifices in my life to help my children to see and feel the effects of obedience. I have faith and hope that in the course of their lives, that they will choose to obey God’s commandments so that they may receive His blessings. My daily prayers include this because I know that it will help them be happy as well as bless their posterity.
1 Nephi 2 to be continued