Living by the scriptures

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.— James 1:5-6.

While studying 2 Nephi 7-24, which is similar to Isaiah in the Old Testament, I found myself frustrated that I was not understanding it as well as I desired to. I decided to pray for help as we are told to do in James 1:5-6.

Because many great prophets have quoted Isaiah and even the Lord has commanded us to study Isaiah's words, I knew these scriptures were important. Before beginning my daily scripture study, I simply asked the Lord to help me better understand the true meaning of these vital scriptures.

That night, I received a phone call from my daughter's seminary teacher asking if I could please teach seminary for the upcoming week while she was gone. I answered quickly, "Sure! So long as it isn't Isaiah!" There was a silence on the other end of the phone. And then a sweet voice meekly said, "But it's only the first 30 chapters of Isaiah."

There is probably no better way to learn and understand the scriptures than to have to seriously study them daily in order to teach them to sharp seminary students at 6 a.m. But I am no longer intimidated or reluctant to study Isaiah . . . at least not the first 30 chapters! And my understanding and appreciation for the sacred words of this great prophet has grown more than I ever thought possible! Yes, I definitely lacked wisdom and knowledge about Isaiah, and the Lord answered my prayers just as James said He would. — Cathy S. Runyan, King City, Missouri.

"Living by the Scriptures" is another in a series of Church News reader response articles. Was there a time when a particular scripture touched you, when it offered comfort, guidance and much-needed support? If so, please describe your experience in 250-300 words, giving the scripture reference and telling how it affected you. Send your submission to Church News, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110. Fax No. (801) 237-2524. Internet E-mail: [email protected]

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