I perceive that ye are weak, that ye cannot understand all my words which I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time. Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again. – 3 Nephi 17:2-3
There is nothing wrong with being weak minded. For many who come unto the Gospel of Christ, there is a degree of naïve one possesses. We are ignorant to the understanding of the Gospel, the principles of truth, and the meaning of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Yet, we are not to remain in this state of naïve. We are not to remain in a state of ignorance because we are to grow in our understanding of the Gospel. Faith is meant to be put into action. Because of this, the Savior spoke to the inhabitants of Ancient America and recognized what they are capable of understanding. This same thought is for us today.
I perceive that ye are weak; that ye cannot understand all my words is a statement of eternal truth. The question is how can we bring ourselves to a position of understanding the words of the Savior? How can we bring ourselves to a position where we are no longer weak minded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ? The Savior gives us the simplistic answer for this: Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow… The direction is simple. Yet, we tend to make it complex and challenging. We make up excuses not to take the time to reflect on the messages received and ponder the significance of those messages we have heard.
In order to garner faith, in order to garner understanding, and in order to increase and move from a state of weak mindedness, we must take the time to reflect on what we have heard and how we can apply those principles in our lives. In addition, we must seek out confirmation by going before our Father in Heaven, in the name of Jesus Christ, and seek understanding from Him. Through the Holy Spirit, our hearts and minds will be illuminated unto us.
For man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4) is what the Savior spoke to the tempter. Eternal truth is predicated upon learning from our Heavenly Father. It is predicated upon personal revelation that we receive in order to endure our mortal existence. Our sustenance comes from Divine origins. Blessings become a reality as our faith increases, so says the Psalmist; …his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper (Psalm 1:2-3).
Hence, we not only should go into our homes and ponder the things we read and hear, we should meditate upon them, delight in those things that encourage us, testify to us, and uplift us in our quest toward spiritual maturation. As we do this, our faith grows and prospers, and we begin to develop a deeper and more meaningful awareness of the simplistic beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the atonement by which we receive honor and glory. Through this process of pondering, meditating, and growing in our faith, we are transforming our and becoming like the Savior. As he is the light and example, we too become the light and example unto all those seeking.
Therefore, do not be discouraged and take heart. While one maybe weak minded in the beginning, spiritual maturation and understanding of the Gospel of Christ comes when we take the time to ponder the things we have received, entreat our Heavenly Father for confirmation on those things that we have heard, and prepare ourselves daily to receive more and more instruction for our lives. As we do so, our testimony increases, and our foundation strengthens and our faith is rooted deep into the foundation of Jesus Christ, upon which we have our hope and security of eternal life.
- That Ye Might Believe That Jesus Is the Christ (paulmarcelrene.wordpress.com)
- Doctrine of exaltation found in the Gospel of Matthew (mormonapologeticstudies.org)
- Divine Confirmation (samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com)
- Devotion: What manner of men ought ye to be? (mormonapologeticstudies.org)
- October 23: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers (mormonapologeticstudies.org)
- Morning Devotion: Go Forward in Faith (mormonapologeticstudies.org)