16 For behold, the Spirit of the Lord hath already ceased to strive with their fathers; and they are without Christ and God in the world; and they are driven about as chaff before the wind.
17 They were once a delightsome people, and they had Christ for their shepherd; yea, they were led even by God the Father.
18 But now, behold, they are led about by Satan, even as chaff is driven before the wind, or as a vessel is tossed about upon the waves, without sail or anchor, or without anything wherewith to steer her; and even as she is, so are they.
There is a clear message in this passage about agency and obedience. When we choose to follow our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, we retain our agency. We become strong, capable, and “delightsome,” (pleasant to be around), but we never lose our freedom to choose.
On the other hand, when we disobey the commandments of God and follow Satan, we lose our agency. We become slaves to our addictions. We are “tossed about” instead of being “led.” We may not even realize that we have lost control, but we have relinquished the ability to choose for ourselves. Because of our poor decisions, we have stopped acting for ourselves and have become “things to be acted upon” (2 Nephi 2:14).
Today I will remember that obedience to God enables me to retain my agency and expand my ability to act. I will be grateful for the gift of agency, and I will recommit to use it wisely so that I do not lose it.