Russell M. Nelson, president of the Church of Latter-day Saints, has said, “as you choose to let God prevail in your lives, you will experience for yourselves that our God is ‘a God of miracles’.”
What can a God of miracles do? The short answer is He can do anything that is consistent with eternal law. For example: He could fight your battles, and your children’s battles, and your children’s children’s, to the third and fourth generation. (see D&C 98:37 and remember that those battles may be anything that you are struggling with); He can make people whole (see Enos 1:8); He can console you in your afflictions and plead your cause (see Jacob 3:1-2). And that is just a beginning of what he can do for His children.
But a more important question is what will He do for you?
There are two other questions you can ask yourself that will help you answer that question – Do I consciously use my agency to choose and what do I choose.
All people are free to choose “liberty and eternal life” through Christ or “captivity and death” by the power of the devil (see 2 Nephi 2:27). You have been given everything you need to choose freedom and no one can take it from you. But you can decide to give it away and let satan have power over you.
The problem with decisions is that if you don’t consciously choose, that is your choice and the results are usually controlled by someone or something else and are not in your best interest. Thomas S. Monson said, “We cannot be neutral; there is no middle ground.” and then he said, “Decisions do determine destiny.”
You make many choices each day. Many have an obvious, direct affect on your eternal destiny. Others, perhaps most of those that seemingly don’t affect you eternally, do have an effect on you. If I choose to wear a red shirt instead of a blue one that has no effect on your future life. But if you want to wear the red one because it is more expensive and you want to make a statement about your social position, then that could have an effect. So in some cases it is the intent or purpose of what you have decide that affects the future.
Some of the choices that you make help make other decisions easier. Consider this statement, “When your greatest desire is to let God prevail … so many decisions become easier. So many issues become non-issues!” (see President Russell M. Nelson October 2020)
What does your life look like when you “let God prevail?” You will:
let God be the most powerful influence in our life.
repent and put off the natural man
study the gospel
learn more about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ
seek and respond to personal revelation
get rid of all attitudes and actions of prejudice and promote respect of all people.
seek to find those who are willing to let God prevail in their life.
others that you will find as you progress on this journey
Like with all of your efforts to live to your greatest potential, you must not think that you can or even should do it all at once. The Lord’s way is to start where you are and grow a little bit at a time – “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little;” (see 2 Nephi 28:30) Being willing to let God prevail is crucial to our effort.
There are some personal characteristics and skills the you will need on this journey. They are faith, courage, persistent and rigorous spiritual work, and consistent daily effort to develop habits of growth.
Are you willing to let God prevail in your life? As you take the next step on this journey, whatever it is, you will experience for yourselves that your God is ‘a God of miracles’. Your experiences will increase as you continue on that path and you will see that He will do for you all things you can’t do that are required for your peace, happiness and joy, immortality and eternal life .