(April 28, 2014)
Sometimes we expect the Lord to fight our battles for us – if we are on His side, we suppose, we should have no fear and no worry about defeat. But this chapter is interesting not for what it says about the Lord but for what it doesn’t say about the Lord – the Lord is not mentioned directly or obliquely. Instead, what we are left with is a battle between good and evil where the good guys are left entirely to their own devices in the course of the battle.
Had Moroni, Lehi, or Teancum been slothful in their duties, presumably the Lord might have intervened. But we have no way to know that. All we do know is that many righteous people died and they were left alone to fight their battle on the Lord’s behalf. Sometimes that happens – sometimes we are blessed to be permitted to fight unaided the enemies of the Lord. We should, in those difficult times, do so with gratitude and give forth our very best efforts.