Do you have one of those friends who seems to have consistent experiences of receiving clear spiritual direction from God?

Or in a leadership context, do you hear about the leader who seems to be receiving clear divine direction almost daily regarding what the next steps are in their leadership?

Maybe you are one of these individuals.

Confession time!

I’m not one of these people.

I’ve often faced daunting situations in my personal life or leadership roles, and when I have turned to the Heavens for direction, nothing has come.

And often the adversary wants me to believe there is something wrong with me because of it.

Now, don’t get me wrong (I seem to say that phrase a lot in my newsletter messages).

I have had many experiences in my life where clear direction has come, but that has been the exception rather than the rule.

I worry that there are many other individuals (or leaders) in my boat.

They worry they aren’t receiving clear, consistent revelation in regard to their life or calling, and they start believing something is wrong with them or they aren’t trying hard enough.

It’s important to know you aren’t alone and that there is nothing wrong with you.

We could frame this as the “Nephi Dichotomy.”

I’m referring to two different Nephis.

Both the OG Nephi in 1 & 2 Nephi and also his namesake in Helaman.

OG Nephi seemed to get the spiritual answer he needed right when he needed it (i.e. Kill Laban).

Helaman Nephi was told “all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will” (Helaman 10:5).

Or in other words, God was telling Helaman Nephi…

You make the call, and I’m good with it.

Having an experience of more autonomy in the choices I make, like Helaman Nephi, has been a sanctifying experience wherein God is offering me trust.

He has giving me countless life experiences that have helped me develop into the responsible person I am today so that when direction is needed, God usually lets me make the call.

It’s a faith-promoting experience.

So, for all you out there wondering if something is wrong with you because divine communication seems consistently unclear, keep praying, asking, and listening.

But don’t be afraid to make the best call with the good brain God gave you, and move forward.


Kurt Francom
Executive Director
Leading Saints

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