(November 1, 2014)
I had a pair of thoughts as I read through this chapter. The first was to recognize the source of Helaman’s hope and faith in deliverance. It wasn’t his underlying righteousness, or even the rightness of his cause. In both cases, it was possible that he would be destroyed.
But Helaman took his confidence from the peace that the Lord gave him when he prayed to the Lord for his deliverance. We cannot expect the Lord to give us what we want, but once the Lord promises us something we can trust fully that He will provide what He has promised. That is the difference between demanding and waiting upon the Lord. We pour our hearts out in pleading to the Lord – expecting nothing but the privilege and trust in him to answer or needs. Then, if the Lord promises us a result, we can fully trust in Him to deliver.
The second thought was on Helaman’s understanding and approach to others using (and misusing) their agency. Helaman worried that the polity was splintered in a way that damaged the capacity of the Nephites, but he also recognized that though the had the duty to do what he could to fix the problem it ultimately made no difference in the plan the Lord had in store for him.