The Nephites Did Not Fear Them; But They Did Fear Their God – 3 Nephi 4:8-10

8 And it came to pass that the armies of the Nephites, when they saw the appearance of the army of Giddianhi, had all fallen to the earth, and did lift their cries to the Lord their God, that he would spare them and deliver them out of the hands of their enemies.
9 And it came to pass that when the armies of Giddianhi saw this they began to shout with a loud voice, because of their joy, for they had supposed that the Nephites had fallen with fear because of the terror of their armies.
10 But in this thing they were disappointed, for the Nephites did not fear them; but they did fear their God and did supplicate him for protection; therefore, when the armies of Giddianhi did rush upon them they were prepared to meet them; yea, in the strength of the Lord they did receive them.
I’m grateful for the understanding the gospel gives us about our emotions. As I wrote yesterday, when we are built on a solid foundation, we don’t panic. We may still act urgently and decisively to defend ourselves, but not with a sense of desperation or terror. In the passage quoted above, we learn that the Nephites feared God, not their enemies. As Elder David A. Bednar explained:

Godly fear is loving and trusting in Him. As we fear God more completely, we love Him more perfectly. And “perfect love casteth out all fear” (Moroni 8:16). I promise the bright light of godly fear will chase away the dark shadows of mortal fears (see D&C 50:25) (“Therefore They Hushed Their Fears,” General Conference, April 2015). 

Today I will trust Heavenly Father fully. I will remember that He has all power, and that He can guide me through any difficulty I might face. I will choose faith over fear: the peace that comes from God instead of the anxiety that can be provoked by my circumstances or by the people around me. 

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