Yesterday, I had an interesting discussion with a friend. I explained the need to serve others. I quoted Mosiah 2:17:
“when you are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”
To me, this means that I must always be serving; I do not nearly serve enough.
Tonight, I think I figured out these verses:
“Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness and hath no light?
Behold all ye that kindle fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks, walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks which ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand – ye shall lie down in sorrow.” (2 Nephi 7:10-11)
The first verse describes those who fear and obey the Lord, but they do not really know what they are doing. The second verse describes those who try to make up what they think is truth; but it really is not. As a result, those who are described in both verses are not happy.
In other words, these verses seem to be telling me to obey and fear the Lord, and study the knowledge of the Lord. Then, I will be happy. Total dependence on the Lord is necessary, but I also need to know what I am doing.
This is what I wrote previously after reading 2 Nephi 7: Using Isaiah To Bring The Knowledge Of Our Redeemer