Today's Favorite Verse: Helaman 4:11, 16
"Now this great loss of the Nephites, and the great slaughter which was among them, would not have happened had it not been for their wickedness and their abominations which was among them; yea, and it was among those also who professed to belong to the church of God.
For when Moronihanh saw that they did repent he did venture to lead them forth from place to place, and from city to city, even until they had regained the one-half of their property and the one-half of of all their lands."
So hard to pick a favorite verse there are so many great verses that explain what had caused the fall of the Nephites and why the Lamanites could come in and begin to destroy them. It was because of their wickedness and pride, the way they oppressed the poor, smiting them on the cheek, mocking what was sacred. They denied the spirit of prophecy and revelations. They committed murder, plunder, lying, stealing, committing adultery and had great contentions within. That is why the enemies without could come in and destroy them.
The Lord left them in their own strength because they left him and boasted they alone could protect themselves. They had to come to understand that if they didn't cleave unto the Lord their God they would unavoidably perish. Once the truth of where strength to preserve comes from, they were ready to hear the words of Moronihah, Nephi and Lehi preached to them. Once they repented good men could led them to prospered and regain most of their lands and possessions back, stopping the Lamanites destruction. This chapter ends 30 years before the sign of the birth of the Savior will be given. The Lord needed people ready to receive him. The people knew they had altered and trampled under their feet the laws of Mosiah. Their laws were corrupted, they had become wicked just like the Lamanites. There was a need to repent. Thankfully they did.
Oh how better it is to humble yourself and not be compelled to be humbled. It just saddens me to see how quick people can forget the Lord their God. I would have to say our nation is in exactly the same state right now and that is concerning. What power there is in reading the scriptures. What a daily reminder it is to always look to Him. He is the source of all strength throughout the scriptures and in my own life. My Savior is my protection, redeemer and King. If only that message could get out to those that need to be reminded.
Day 341 Tami Fitzgerald Harris