9 Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.
10 And again, believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you; and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them.
King Benjamin counsels his people in the passage above to believe. He talks about belief as an action that his people can choose to take, or not to take. He lists a number of things which we can choose to believe:
- That God lives
- That He created all things
- That He has all wisdom and power
- That He knows more than we do
- That we need to humble ourselves before Him and repent of our sins.
Notice how the list of beliefs moves quickly from the foundational doctrine that there is a God, to an awareness of our own limitations, and then to a recognition that we need to do something to reach out to Him.
As Elder L. Whitney Clayton has taught:
Every day each of us faces a test. It is the test of our lifetimes: will we choose to believe in Him and allow the light of His gospel to grow within us, or will we refuse to believe and insist on traveling alone in the dark?…
We are choosing to believe when we pray and when we read the scriptures. We are choosing to believe when we fast, when we keep the Sabbath day holy, and when we worship in the temple. We are choosing to believe when we are baptized and when we partake of the sacrament. We are choosing to believe when we repent and seek divine forgiveness and healing love (“Choose to Believe,” General Conference, April 2015).
Today, I will follow King Benjamin’s admonition and choose to believe. I will believe in God’s perfection and in His willingness to help me overcome my sins and weaknesses. I will take actions and make decisions which are consistent with those beliefs, including humbling myself before Him, acknowledging my shortcomings, and asking for His forgiveness.