As we stand with the Savior during times of affliction, He will offer us peace, comfort, and joy
Physically paralyzed, but spiritually strongElder Neil L. Andersen shared a story in our modern-day, similar to the one about the brothers, of a man named Jason Hall. Jason was in a terrible accident that left his body paralyzed. After the incident, Jason prayed, “‘Dear Father [in Heaven], if I could only have my hands, I know I could make it. Please, Father, please.’”
Despite his earnest prayers, God did not give Jason the use of his hands. But still, Jason moved forward in faith. He worked hard, graduated from university, married within the temple, had a son, sought for joy, and received comfort regardless of his challenges.Jason knew that one day — whether in this life or the next— God would make him whole. President Russell M. Nelson shared, “If we look to the world … we will never know joy. … [Joy] is the gift that comes from intentionally trying to live a righteous life, as taught by Jesus Christ.”
Thrown into the furnace of trial
At times, our challenges will be similar to those of Jason Hall and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. We will be pushed to our limits, and our faith will be tested. Other times, our trials will be less life-altering, but still just as impactful. While it can be hard, we should strive to accept that we won't always have control over our circumstances.
We will experience failures, setbacks, and hardships in life and school. But that doesn’t mean God doesn’t still love us, protect us, or lead us to a life full of blessings and joy. Often, these challenges are part of God’s plan, and as we follow Him, we will learn that they were for our good.Elder Dennis E. Simmons of the Seventy said, “The Lord has given us agency, the right and the responsibility to decide. He tests us by allowing us to be challenged. He assures us that He will not suffer us to be tempted beyond our ability to withstand.”
By pursuing education and striving to better ourselves, we are following God’s plans and inviting more opportunities for happiness and blessings into our lives.
The Savior will not leave youGod never abandoned Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, and he’ll never abandon you. King Nebuchadnezzar said while he observed the spectacle, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
While we continue with our studies, work toward our goals, and overcome the trials placed before us, God will remain right by our side as we firmly hold onto our faith. He will stand with us when we are thrown into our own personal “fiery furnaces,” again and again, to protect us and guide us home to Him.