1 And now when the king had heard these words, he said unto his priests: Away with this fellow, and slay him; for what have we to do with him, for he is mad.
2 And they stood forth and attempted to lay their hands on him; but he withstood them, and said unto them:
3 Touch me not, for God shall smite you if ye lay your hands upon me, for I have not delivered the message which the Lord sent me to deliver; neither have I told you that which ye requested that I should tell; therefore, God will not suffer that I shall be destroyed at this time.
4 But I must fulfil the commandments wherewith God has commanded me…
When we are doing the work of the Lord, we can have confidence that He will support us. The Lord had given Abinadi a clear message to deliver to King Noah and his priests. They may not have wanted to listen any more, but Abinadi had not yet completed his message, and he knew that God would protect him until he had finished.
President Thomas S. Monson urged us: “Remember that this work is not yours and mine alone. It is the Lord’s work, and when we are on the Lord’s errand, we are entitled to the Lord’s help” (“To Learn, to Do, to Be,” General Conference, October 2008). When we receive a calling or an assignment from God, we can have confidence that He will help us fulfill that assignment.
Today, I do the work of the Lord with confidence. Whether it be serving my home teaching families, preparing to teach my seminary students, or studying the scriptures with my children, I will have faith that the Lord will bless me and sustain me as I fulfill the responsibilities He has entrusted to me.