He qualifies the called.

ShelbyMillsSenior-8As I was reading in 1st Nephi 20 this evening, verse 10 seemed to jump out at me. It reads, “For, behold, I have refined thee, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” As I read this, the thought popped into my head, “Why does our Heavenly Father always call the weak to do His will?” All who have read the Book of Mormon could probably agree that’s a strong, repetitive theme. Throughout scripture, history, and even in today’s world, the Lord uses small means to bring about great things. (Alma 37:6-7) He calls us admist our time of great trials and weakness to not only build up others, but the Kingdom of God here on earth. Our Father never seems to call the noble, mighty, intelligent, whealthy, or strong; He chooses those that are meek, humble, lowly, simple, and weak. I often think of the missionaries in the LDS church today. Our all knowing Father in Heaven is calling 18 and 19 year old youth to be sent around the world to boldly declare His gospel and bring thousands upon thousands to the knowledge of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and the happiness that lies within. The prophet Joseph stated, “I was at this time in my fifteenth year…” when he was visited by God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ in a heavenly vision, being called to restore the Savior’s gospel and priesthood back to the earth admist a time of great turmoil and confusion. The noble and soon-to-be prophet Mormon was only 10 years old when he was given the duty to maintain, preserve, and keep watch of the plates he had received from Amaron. Those plates today are what we call the Book of Mormon. What a tremendous duty that was placed on the shoulders of a boy so young! The Lord uses the simple and humble to change the world. He calls us in our weakness to make ourselves and those around us stronger. Our Father in Heaven surely doesn’t call the qualified, but qualifies the called.


One thought on “He qualifies the called.

  1. I could not agree more! I always question why Heavenly Father would choose me to do anything, with all of my weaknesses and flaws. But why ask the noble and great? They would never benefit from the growth that can come from doing the Lord’s will and He needs people that are humble and willing to do His work. I love all of your examples. SO many of the scriptural “heroes” were young when responsibility was placed on their shoulders. Young people CAN make a difference as long as they are on the Lord’s errand. Thank you for this encouraging post! 🙂

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