Saturday, March 22, 2014

Jarom 1:7 -- On Faith as a Secret Weapon

"And it came to pass that they came many times against us, the Nephites, to battle. But our kings and our leaders were mighty men in the faith of the Lord; and they taught the people the ways of the Lord; wherefore, we withstood the Lamanites and swept them away out of our lands, and began to fortify our cities, or whatsoever place of our inheritance."
Jarom 1:7

Earlier in this chapter we learn that the Lamanites were "exceedingly more numerous" than the Nephites, and yet, this verse tells us that the Nephites withstood them.  Why?  Because of superior training or military prowess?  Possibly partially, but in general, no.  The reason given is that their leaders and kings were mighty in faith, and they taught the people the ways of The Lord.  ...This is a good thing to remember.  In our lives too, we often feel outnumbered, and we don't always have the knowledge, training, or skill to succeed on our own.  Cold logic might tell us that our chances are nil.  But the Lord lives, which means that we can always triumph.  That doesn't mean that it will happen automatically, or that we don't have to fortify, learn, and train all we can... but it does mean that faith and learning the ways of the Lord can add the important spiritual aspect to our odds.  Hope and success can still be ours, no matter how bleak things look.  Today, let's incorporate faith and spiritual knowledge into our assessments.  Let's stop predicting doom and failure for ourselves, and start finding the hope of the Lord as we turn to him for other options, and take action to learn from him and follow his instructions.  Faith is our secret weapon, and turns the odds in our favor; we can still be outnumbered, but never overwhelmed.

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