Favorite Scripture Gems
1 Nephi 15:8 is a small verse of great significance. “And I said unto them: Have ye inquired of the Lord?”
Nephi’s older brothers, Laman and Lemuel, couldn’t figure out what was going on. They were clueless. Worse, they didn’t bother to find out. They were stubborn, and they were lazy intellectually and spiritually.
Even though they never even “inquired of the Lord,” they somehow expected the Lord to give them the answers. They complained, “the Lord maketh no such thing known unto us.” (1 Be 15:9)
“Have we inquired of the Lord?” This is a powerful guiding principle. It is a tremendous touchstone.
Sometimes, just asking the Lord is all it takes.
“Ask, and it shall be given you.” (Matt. 7:7) “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God … and it shall be given him.” (Jms. 1:5)
Of course, we must be sincere and ask in faith. “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” (Jms. 1:6) “I would exhort you that ye would ask God in the name of Christ … and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest … it unto you.” (Mori. 10:4)
Often, we must put in some personal effort above and beyond just asking. “You took no thought save it was to ask me. . . You must first study it out in your own mind….” (D&C 9:7-9)
Occasionally, getting an answer requires a herculean effort. In those situations, we will only be given the answer “after all we can do.” (See: 2 Ne. 25:23)
We must constantly ask ourselves, “Have I inquired of the Lord?” Whether getting the answer is easy or hard, the effort is worth it.