Many of us struggle with doubt and fear after receiving personal revelation. Elder Holland suggests three ways to stay confident after God has revealed his will to us.
Have you ever faced doubts after receiving an answer to a prayer? Elder Jeffrey R. Holland addressed these doubts at a BYU devotional. “Don’t assume that a great revelation, some marvelous illuminating moment, or the opening of an inspired path is the end of it,” he says. The last thing Satan wants you to do is feel confident about a revelation you have received from God.
When fear and doubt test your confidence, Elder Holland advises, “Don’t panic and retreat. Don’t lose your confidence. Don’t forget how you once felt. Don’t distrust the experience you had.” If Moses had doubted the revelation to part the Red Sea, thousands would have been lost.
“Yes, there are cautions and considerations to make,” he says. “But once there has been genuine illumination, beware the temptation to retreat from a good thing. . . . Don’t give up when the pressure mounts. . . . Don’t give in. Certainly don’t give in to that being who is bent on the destruction of your happiness. He wants everyone to be miserable like unto himself.”
“Cast not away therefore thy confidence” (Heb. 10:35).
Elder Holland cautions that “at those times fear will be the strongest of the adversary’s weapons against us.” He offers three specific tips about how to stay firm when we receive answers from the Lord:
1. Let revelation be your guide. “The Red Sea will open to the honest seeker of revelation.”
2. Do not fear. “If it was right when you prayed about it and trusted it and lived for it, it is right now.”
3. Remember that God will provide a way. “If God has told you something is right, if something is indeed true for you, he will provide the way for you to accomplish it.”
When you encounter Red Seas in your life, “cast not away therefore thy confidence” (Hebrews 10:35).
Source: BYU Speeches
—Chelsea Jamison, Mormon Insights