(September 14, 2015)
There is a great deal of hope in this chapter. Alma and his people were stuck in what can only be described as a tactically disastrous position. Elsewhere we read that the Nephites went out of their way to put the Lamanites into this very same position and thereafter slaughtered them wholesale as a result. Yet because the people of
their trust in God, they were able to survive and conquer.
Sometimes each of us will find ourselves (through our own mistakes or possibly through no fault of our own) put into tactically disastrous positions. In these positions, we may feel like any hope of survival is gone. But if we turn to the Lord, even then, we will find that God has the power to save us no matter how bad our circumstances may be. Surely He will not always save us (sometimes the Christians got eaten by the lions, after all) but it isn’t because of any lack of capacity on His part but rather as a demonstration of His love for us and a promise of better things to come.