Who Will Contend with Me? – 2 Nephi 7:6-9

6 I gave my back to the smiter, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair. I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
7 For the Lord God will help me, therefore shall I not be confounded. Therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
8 And the Lord is near, and he justifieth me. Who will contend with me? Let us stand together. Who is mine adversary? Let him come near me, and I will smite him with the strength of my mouth.
9 For the Lord God will help me. And all they who shall condemn me, behold, all they shall wax old as a garment, and the moth shall eat them up.
(2 Nephi 7:6-9, Isaiah 50:6-9)

These verses from Isaiah remind me of the comforting words from the Apostle Paul: “If God be for us, who can be against us?” or as Joseph Smith rendered that verse, “If God be for us, who can prevail against us?” (Romans 8:31.) It can be a real test of our faith when we trying to be faithful to the will of God, whom we can’t see, but we are meanwhile taking a beating from people around us, whom we can see. Is our faith strong enough to stand firm in the face of persecution, knowing that time is on our side? Our Heavenly Father will sustain us forever as long as we remain faithful to him, while the people who might seem intimidating today cannot preserve their power and their stature forever. As Isaiah reminds us in the verses above, they will all “wax old as a garment, and the moth shall eat them up.”

As Harold B. Lee taught us:

The only safety we have as members of this church is to…give heed to the words and commandments that the Lord shall give through His prophet, “as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me; … as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith” (D&C 21:4–5). There will be some things that take patience and faith…. But if you listen to these things, as if from the mouth of the Lord Himself, with patience and faith, the promise is that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory” (D&C 21:6) (Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, Chapter 9: Heeding the True Messenger of Jesus Christ).

Today, I will remember the importance of ensuring that I am aligned with the will of God. I will take confidence in knowing that God will help me if I am faithful to Him, and I will choose not to be intimidated by those who would discourage me from doing what is right.

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