King Noah received two sets of messages. One set came from Abinadi, a prophet of God. The other set came from his own priests, whom he had chosen. Here are some of the messages he heard:
|Topic||Abinadi||The priests of King Noah|
|The behavior of King Noah and his people||“Thus saith the Lord—Wo be unto this people, for I have seen their abominations, and their wickedness, and their whoredoms” (Mosiah 11:20).
[Two years later] “They have repented not of their evil doings” (Mosiah 12:1).
|“O king, what great evil hast thou done, or what great sins have thy people committed, that we should be condemned of God or judged of this man?
“And now, O king, behold, we are guiltless, and thou, O king, hast not sinned; therefore, this man has concerning you, and he has prophesied in vain” (Mosiah 12:13-14).
|Their level of vulnerability||“The life of king Noah shall be valued even as a garment in a hot furnace” (Mosiah 12:3).||“Behold, we are strong…yea, and thou hast prospered in the land, and thou shalt also prosper” (Mosiah 12:15).|
|The future||“Except this people repent and turn unto the Lord their God, they shall be brought into bondage” (Mosiah 11:23).
[Two years later] “This generation, because of their iniquities, shall be brought into bondage” (Mosiah 12:2).
|“We shall not come into bondage, or be taken captive by our enemies” (Mosiah 12:15).|
The messages he heard from his priests were more optimistic and cheerful than Abinadi’s messages. They came from the elite, the leaders in their society. They demanded less from him. These messages had only one disadvantage: They were not true. Very shortly after condemning Abinadi to death, King Noah learned for himself that Abinadi had told the truth. Noah had sinned, he was vulnerable, and his people were brought into bondage.
This past Sunday, Elder Robert C. Gay reminded us of the importance of seeing things as they really are:
In the ancient city of Laodicea, the saints had no glaring or visible sins, but the Lord reprimanded them for being lukewarm in their discipleship. Prideful in their worldly accomplishments, and know-how, they became increasingly self-satisfied and independent of God. Even though the city was known for being expert in eye care, the Lord said to them, “Anoint thine eyes with eyesalve; that thou mayest see” (Revelation 3:18). It seems a critical question for each of us is this: Am I seeing my life through the eyes of God’s truths, commandments, and covenants, or through my own eyes? Am I daily hearkening to His voice, received through prayer and personal revelation of the Spirit, or hearkening to the voice of self, or the voice of the wise of this world, who shout that God’s ways, and even his prophets, are misplaced, boring, unnecessary, uncaring, or even in the rhetoric of the world, deceitful and hateful.
(Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults, May 3, 2020)
Today, I will strive to see my life through God’s eyes, not through worldly eyes. I will seek to receive revelation from Him and to heed the words of His prophets, so that I can make decisions according to the way things really are and really will be.