Walk by Faith

Neal A. Maxwell once said “In this life, clearly we “walk by faith” rather than by perfect knowledge (2 Corinthians 5:7). The plan ensures that our perspective is intentionally limited.”

While in Brazil as an inexperienced and fairly uninformed 19 year old, I struggled to gain the skills necessary to teach the people we were visiting. I had just arrived in my first area and frustration was extreme. Although I had intense desires to learn the language as well as to better understand the concepts and ideas I was to teach, I felt incredibly vulnerable in my recognition of my weaknesses. I strongly felt the need for help and began to be a little more humble.  I remember praying daily for God to help me, and felt inspired to think that although we may be able to know all things someday, that is probably not going to happen in this life. We are to walk by faith on earth.

I like the idea that us not having a perfect knowledge comes by design. Perhaps there is some sort of humility or lesson that we need to learn. The pain that comes from this blindness is real and we should not just push it off to the side, but perhaps we really do have something vital and important that we need to learn. Perhaps, during those moments of intense frustration we need to just keep walking and moving forward.


2 thoughts on “Walk by Faith

  1. When you said, “felt inspired to think that although we may be able to know all things someday, that is probably not going to happen in this life.” It reminded me one of my favorite scriptures, D&C 101:32-34

    32 Yea, verily I say unto you, in that day when the Lord shall come, he shall reveal all things—

    33 Things which have passed, and hidden things which no man knew, things of the earth, by which it was made, and the purpose and the end thereof—

    34 Things most precious, things that are above, and things that are beneath, things that are in the earth, and upon the earth, and in heaven.


    • Exactly! And thank you for sharing that scripture. I think that for some reason I was expecting that revelation, or the witness that would give me a perfect knowledge, or even the gift of tongues to help me speak the language, which didn’t happen to come in the way I wanted it to. That is what I really appreciated about that scripture. It says “he shall reveal all things,” but it doesn’t give a time period. Instead of beating myself up thinking I must have been doing something wrong, I started to think that perhaps we just have to be patient, as it may never happen in this life.


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