A Marvelous Work and a Wonder – 2 Nephi 27:25-26

25 Forasmuch as this people draw near unto me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their hearts far from me, and their fear towards me is taught by the precepts of men–
26 Therefore, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, yea, a marvelous work and a wonder, for the wisdom of their wise and learned shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent shall be hid.
This scripture is often cited as a prophecy of the restoration of the gospel.  Today, I would like to consider how it also applies in our individual lives.
Each of us goes through periods of time when we are less attuned to spiritual things.  Because of the demands and stresses of life, we may begin to rely more than we should on the “precepts of men,” and we may spend less time and energy than we should on seeking guidance directly from our Heavenly Father.  When we allow this to happen, there are several things that can get us back on track:

  1. Adversity – Trials and challenges can be very effective in reminding us of our vulnerability and our need to rely on God.
  2. Scripture – Sometimes inspired words soften our hearts and remind us to seek the wisdom that only God can provide.
  3. Marvelous works – Sometimes, Heavenly Father sends us a miraculous experience which reminds us that His ways are higher than our ways, and that our wisdom and understanding is very small compared with His.  (Isaiah 55:9)
Today, I will be grateful for a Father who helps me stay on the path of discipleship and righteousness.  I’ll watch for the “marvelous works” which He is doing in my life, and will use that awareness to remind myself to rely continually on His guidance in all areas of my life.

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