As we work toward being spiritually prepared, it is a necessity that we have an adequate supply of faith. Faith should be a staple in our spiritual storehouse, but we need to remember that it has a very short shelf life, and if we are not cautious it will waste away quickly. We must cultivate our faith continuously because in this life, we cope with constant ups and downs. Most of us get used to this routine in life, but there are times when trials become almost more than we can bear. For this purpose, we must sufficient faith for our needs. How, then, can we prepare against a possible shortage?
Alma said that our faith may begin as “no more than a desire to believe.(Alma 32:27), but if we make the effort to nourish that desire, it will begin to enlarge the soul, enlighten our understanding and begin to be delicious. We have been given the scriptures, and the words of the prophets to nourish our faith. They contain truths, doctrines and answers to our questions, but we need to study, treasure, and internalize these things, until we really understand Heavenly Father’s plan and how the atonement makes His plan work for us.
When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were threatened with being cast into the fiery furnace, their answer to the punishment was, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king, but if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” They were thrown into the furnace and then, as the king watched the fire, he said, “Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? Lo, 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.”
This example of unconditional faith can help us as we endure affliction and adversity in this life. We can come to know that our faith really can carry us through anything that the Lord asks us to endure. We may ask that our trials be removed, but if it is not His will at the time, the Savior, through His enabling power, will be with us as we walk through our own fiery furnace. Lasting faith is that faith which endures even after the trial.