Alma 44: 3 – 6


Moroni’s words to Zerahemnah after conquering in battle:

Verse 3:  But now, ye behold that the Lord is with us; and ye behold that He has delivered you into our hands. And now I would that ye should understand that this is done unto us because of our religion and our faith in Christ. And now ye see that ye cannot destroy this our faith.

Verse 4:  Now ye see that this is the true faith of God; yea, ye see that God will support, and keep, and preserve us, so long as we are faithful unto Him, and unto our faith, and our religion; and never will the Lord suffer that we shall be destroyed except we should fall into transgression and deny our faith.

Captain Moroni immediately expresses his gratitude and faith that their victory in battle was due to the Lord’s aid. The Lord gave them help because of their faith in Jesus Christ that their enemies were trying to destroy. He testifies that God does support and help those faithful unto Him. He states their commitment to God and religion. In other words, Moroni is testifying to Zerahemnah that their success is a result of their faith in Jesus Christ and their efforts to do His will.

            I believe that our success in life is also a result of our faith in Jesus Christ and seeking to do His will. Doing God’s will strengthens faith and protects us from that which seeks to destroy faith. Success is learning and doing God’s will. We get through the hard times with His help and we are strengthened spiritually.

            God’s support doesn’t mean that we won’t have challenges. It does mean that we will have His help through our challenges and that they will ultimately be for the good of our souls. This has been demonstrated by my life’s challenges. God has supported me as I’ve gone through hard things. Through His help I have grown stronger and become better in action and faith.

Verse 5:  And now, Zerahemnah, I command you, in the name of that all-powerful God, who has strengthened our arms that we have gained power over you, by our faith, by our religion, and by our rites of worship, and by our church, and by the sacred support which we owe to our wives and our children, by that liberty which binds us to our lands and our country; yea, and also by the maintenance of the sacred word of God, to which we owe all our happiness; and by all that is most dear unto us—

Verse 6:  Yea, and this is not all; I command you by all the desires which ye have for life, that ye deliver up your weapons of war unto us, and we will seek not your blood, but we will spare your lives, if ye will go your way and come not again to war against us.

            With the achievement of power and victory over Zerahemnah, Moroni states again where their strength came from. He acknowledges that his people’s efforts to do God’s will and to take care of their homes and families is the reason for their success. And with this victory, he is willing to let his enemies walk away with the promise that they’ll stop fighting. Again, motive is important. Humility, faith, kindness, and obedience to God’s commandments are more important than worldly acclaims and perspectives.

            Moroni isn’t interested in conquering; he’s interested in being able to live peacefully. He doesn’t want the bullies bothering them any more. He gives Zerahemnah the opportunity to change.

            May we seek God’s strength in overcoming our battles.

Dani

 

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