The ‘Miracle’ of Being Led By The Spirit of God!

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We all know the story of the parting of the Red Sea by Moses allowing the children of Israel to escape the Egyptians. We know, as told in Exodus, that the Lord orchestrated this with Moses as His mouthpiece. We also know that “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7) Just how does the Lord communicate His will to the prophets? Well, more often than not He reveals His will through the Holy Spirit or Ghost. I am convinced that the Lord seldom speaks directly, that is “face to face” with man. Rather, as the scriptures have testified, He communicates through the Spirit. In Exodus is recorded the interaction of Moses with the Lord.

“And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel…” (Exodus 14:1-2)

“And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea” (Exodus 14:15-16)

“And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen” (Exodus 14:26)

The question is- Was the Lord standing next to Moses telling Him “face to face” what to do on these occasions? Was He? I guess it could have been done that way. But I think the Lord communicates with His prophets more times than not, just like He communicates with us, through inspired thoughts. The difference is that they, the leaders, have the keys and authority to act in His name for a broader base of people. The actual visitation of the Lord to man is not recorded very often in the history of this world. When Oliver Cowdery wanted to translate, the Lord used the example of Moses to describe how He communicates.

“Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart. Now, behold, this is the spirit of revelation; behold, this is the spirit by which Moses brought the children of Israel through the Red Sea on dry ground. (D&C 8:2-3)

Why is it important to understand that the Lord communicates with His children, even His prophets, most often through the Holy Ghost? Well, occasionally I hear members who say, “We don’t seem to have any miraculous communications from the Lord like we did in the old days of the church,” implying that this lack of “miracles” is an implication that the leaders are not inspired. I’m not quite sure what they want!  The Old testament is a recording, albeit incomplete, of the Lord’s dealings with His children for four thousand years. Still, almost another two thousand years went by with unrecorded events regarding divine communication. That’s about six thousand years of religious history! The Lord does communicate in miraculous ways from time to time, but most often He does so through the Holy Ghost which He does with even the most common of man.

What a wonderful blessing it is to know that the Lord cares the same for each of His children, regardless of position or office that they hold in His church. I am grateful to know that I can receive divine direction for my life, and for that of my family. The same divine direction that apostles and prophets receive to lead and guide the work of the Lord. I am sure that the Lord appears from time to time. But I’m more impressed to know that the church is not built solely on a few miraculous appearances. Instead its foundation is built upon the rock of “inspiration and revelation,” (Matthew: 16:18) the same kind of inspiration that you and I are privy to on a daily basis. What a wonderful blessing to have in our lives!

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