Applying the Scriptures: `God will always make a way'

"What marvelous things happen when men walk with faith in obedience to that which is required of them," said President Gordon B. Hinckley, then of the Quorum of the Twelve, at the October 1971 general conference.

He spoke of Commander William Robert Anderson, who took the submarine Nautilus beneath the polar ice from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. President Hinckley said that he had read that during the dangerous and daring feat Commander Anderson carried in his wallet these words:I believe I am always divinely guided.

I believe I will always take the right road.

I believe God will always make a way where there is no way.'

President Hinckley said: "I too believe that God will always make a way where there is no way. I believe that if we will walk in obedience to the commandments of God, if we will follow the counsel of the priesthood, He will open a way even where there appears to be no way."

He said that he drew strength from a simple statement made concerning the Prophet Elijah, who warned King Ahab of drought and famine to come upon the land. But Ahab scoffed.

"The Lord told Elijah to go and hide himself by the brook Cherith, that there he should drink of the brook, and that he would be fed by the ravens. And the scripture records a simple and wonderful statement: `So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord.' (1 Kings 17:5.)

"There was no arguing. There was no excusing. There was no equivocating. Elijah simply `went and did according unto the word of the Lord.' And he was saved from the terrible calamities that befell those who scoffed and argued and questioned."

President Hinckley said that it is not always easy to be obedient to the voice of the Lord. "We may feel inadequate," he observed.

He spoke of Moses' feelings of inadequacy of speech when the Lord called him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt, and the Lord's reply, `Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.' (Ex. 4:10-12.)"

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