Let God Prevail!

It is always a pleasure to hear from our prophet, and that general truth has been unusually true with President Russell Nelson.

President Nelson shared that he has been focused on the doctrine of the gathering of Israel for all the 36 years he has been an apostle. Yet there was more to learn.

Recently he learned that one Hebrew meaning of “Israel” is “Let God Prevail!”

President Nelson’s comments were powerful, and if you happened to miss this session, it will be available to view very soon. In the meantime, below are the notes I took.

President Russell M. Nelson – The gathering of Israel has captured my imagination through the the years since I became an apostle. I have studied the gathering, feasted upon it, and asked the Lord to increase my understanding. I was delighted to recently gain a new insight. The very name of Israel means “Let God Prevail.” That concept stirs my soul.

We all have our agency. We can chose to be of Israel or not. We can choose to let God prevail in our lives or not. We can choose to let God be the most powerful influence in our lives or not.

At Peniel, Jacob proved what was most important to Him. Jacob was willing to let God prevail in his life. And this is where God changed Jacob’s name to Israel. The God pronounced that the blessings of Abraham would fall to Israel. But eventually the descendants of Jacob rose the covenant, and they were scattered. But God promised that with great mercy He would gather Israel.

God is gathering those who are willing to let Him prevail in their lives. For centuries prophets have foretold this gathering, and it is happening right now. This is an essential prelude to the Second Coming of the Lord. It is a saga of expanding faith and courage for millions. We have been asked to assist the Lord with this pivotal work.

We are referring to missionary and temple work, but we are also talking of anything that we do to help others keep their covenants with God.

A wife of one of our grandsons was struggling, let’s call her Jill. Her father was dying and she felt her faith was also dying. My response was “myopic”. Jill was devastated. Her father died. But as she reflected on the word “myopic,” she felt prompted to expand her perspective and seek the eternal. That word, initially so distressing, has led Jill to God.

If we will allow it, there are many ways this interpretation of this Hebraic meaning of Israel can be powerful in shaping how we pray. If we plead to be led to those willing to allow God to prevail, what might occur?

We may be led to those who know nothing of God. Or to those who have left, but are now ready to return. There is room for all willing to embrace God in the Church of Jesus Christ.

Each who will come may become a full heir to the Kingdom. Each is equal in God’s eyes.

God does not love one race (or gender) more than another. He invites all to come unto him. Favor or disfavor with god is contingent on devotion to God, not on any other individual attribute.

I plead with you to promote respect for all of God’s children.

The question to all, regardless of race, is the same. Are you willing to let God prevail in your life? Are you willing to allow His voice to take priority over any other? Are you willing to allow His will to take precedence over any other ambition?

Imagine how this can change you. No matter your situation or challenge, you will be led to find the eternal truths that will guide you to stay on the covenant path. Temptation will fade as you plead with God to strengthen you. When your greatest desire is to let God prevail, many issues become non-issues.

It takes both faith and courage to allow God to prevail. It takes consistent, daily effort learn of Christ and seek and respond to revelation. These are perilous times, when Satan is not even trying to hide his attacks. To survive, we must be determined to allow God to prevail in our lives, to use our energy to help gather those willing to allow God to prevail (gather Israel).

God loveth those who will have Him to be their God. God remembers the covenants that He has made. The Lord will fight our battles and the battles of our children and their children.

I encourage you to make a list of all God will do for covenant Israel, the look for these promises to be fulfilled in your life. You will experience for yourself that God is a God of miracles. We will be called by His name.


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Meg Stout has been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ (of Latter-day Saints) for decades. She lives in the DC area with her husband, Bryan, and several daughters. She is an engineer by vocation and a writer by avocation. Meg is the author of Reluctant Polygamist, laying out the possibility that Joseph taught the acceptability of plural marriage but that Emma was right to assert she had been Joseph's only true wife.

8 thoughts on “Let God Prevail!

  1. Thanks Meg, for this. I love immediate faithful comments on #Gencon — and even between sessions! It is the breathings of discipleship.
    So thankful.

  2. Myopic about the subject of death – hypocrite 96 yr old LDS cult Pres Dr Nelson is trying very hard to avoid his own very soon impending demise. No travels, social distancing & masks even while sitting & listening to his Q15 friends talk. Surprised GC wasn’t Held outside. Death will get you unsympathetic Dr- myopic or not!

  3. My understanding was that Israel meant “struggle with God” based on the wrestle that Jacob had (and won) with God and the subsequent difficulty that the Israelites had with keeping their covenants. Can someone with familiarity of Hebrew weigh in?

  4. I’d have to check my 1978 version of the Bible, but for decades, the Bible Dictionary has said Israel means “One who prevails with God or Let God prevail.” The text of Genesis 32:28 bears that out as well.

    Searching my husband’s many Bible translations for parallax gives me fresh appreciation for the English KJV we use at Church! For what it’s worth, I didn’t encounter alternate opinions that invalidate “Let God prevail.”

  5. Then-Elder Nelson visited my mission back in 1996 or so, and he spoke to us about the gathering of Israel then. It was an eye-opening talk.
    I love hearing the prophet speak. There is nothing staid or boring about him – he reminds me that God is very much alive, and that His word is alive too. I have started looking into the promises that God has made to covenant Israel. It is going to be a long list, and even the short list is overwhelmingly powerful.

  6. Wow Lara Johnson! Based on your hateful comment, you have let the Father of hate, Satan, prevail in your life. We’ll follow Christ’s admonition, and His prophet-President Russell M Nelson, to “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” Hopefully our love and prayers will help you to let go of your hate and “Let God Prevail.”

  7. I’ve always loved President (or Elder) Nelson’s attention to doctrinal detail. His gospel scholarship is an inspiration to me.

  8. Lara Johnson, unfortunately, a meaningless troll, or a soul so far into hate (Mormon 1:13 – 16) they choose not to listen or change. Hope they can find happiness somewhere, somehow.

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