As I listened to the first chapter in the book of Jacob this morning, I was struck by how he talked about revelation. His brother Nephi had entrusted the sacred records to him and had instructed him to limit this record to spiritual things: sermons, revelations, and prophecies (Jacob 1:1-4).
Jacob goes on to say that they knew a lot about the future because of their faith.
And we also had many revelations,
and the spirit of much prophecy;
wherefore, we knew of Christ and his kingdom, which should come.
A few chapters later, Jacob returns to this topic. He reassures us that he and his people received revelation, and he talks about the blessings they enjoyed as a result:
We search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken, insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and the very trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea.
And then, in his final chapter, Jacob emphasizes this point again as he relates the story of a very persuasive man named Sherem who attacked his beliefs:
He had hope to shake me from the faith, notwithstanding the many revelations and the many things which I had seen concerning these things; for I truly had seen angels, and they had ministered unto me. And also, I had heard the voice of the Lord speaking unto me in very word, from time to time; wherefore, I could not be shaken.
I’ve learned the following principles from these passages:
- It is possible to receive revelation from God frequently.
- As we receive revelation, our faith is strengthened.
Nearly two years ago, President Russell M. Nelson pleaded with us to increase our “spiritual capacity to receive revelation.” He warned us that we need revelation to sustain our faith in the modern world:
We live in a world that is complex and increasingly contentious. The constant availability of social media and a 24-hour news cycle bombard us with relentless messages. If we are to have any hope of sifting through the myriad of voices and the philosophies of men that attack truth, we must learn to receive revelation.
(“Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives,” General Conference, April 2018)
Today, as I drove to work, I decided not to listen to music, the news, or a podcast. I had already said a morning prayer, but I decided that I needed a little more time thinking about the challenges of the day and seeking guidance. I arrived at the office with more clarity about several important topics. I made better decisions today as a result of that experience.
I’m grateful for the quiet influence of the Holy Ghost and for the opportunity we have to receive guidance frequently from our Heavenly Father.