Now there is a tremendous battle between the Lamanites and Nephites, because the Lamanites followed their brethren into their new land. And tens of thousands of the Lamanites are slain. Lots of Nephites too, but they prevail and return to their lands in mourning.
It would have been easy for them to be angry with the refugee Ammonites for bringing this great affliction upon them. But they don’t blame them.
Blaming is a weapon of the devil. When we blame others for our misfortunes or mistakes, we need to take a step back and look more closely at ourselves.
This “was a sorrowful day; yea a time of solemnity, and a time of much fasting and prayer.” (6)
This shows the state of their heart. Though they are weighed down with sorrow, they turn to God in prayer and fasting. This brings spiritual deliverance immediately, and physical deliverance in the Lord’s time.
It’s interesting to note that Ammon and his brethren spent 14-15 years preaching and living among the Lamanites. It was not just a short mission to ease their consciences after rebelling against God and trying to destroy His church. They must have gone with the intent that they might never return…that they would do all, give all, and sacrifice all to save their enemies from eternal damnation.
Am I willing to give my ALL to God in serving Him and my fellowmen?
The inequality of men spiritually is shown now in the remaining verses.
Those who have not believed in God and His Son Jesus Christ fear death.
…many thousands are mourning for the loss of their kindred, because they have reason to fear, according to the promises of the Lord, that they are consigned to a state of endless woe.”Alma 28:11
But those who have faith in Jesus Christ feel the opposite about death.
While many thousands of others truly mourn for the loss of their kindred, yet they rejoice and exult in the hope, and even know, according to the promises of the Lord, that they are raised to dwell at the right hand of God, in a state of neverending happiness.”
And thus we see how great the inequality of man is because of sin and transgression, and the power of the devil, which comes by the cunning plans which he hath devised to ensnare the hearts of men.”Alma 28:12-13
Spiritual inequality isn’t thrust upon any of us, like worldly inequality is. Spiritual inequality is chosen—by us. We choose whether to follow Satan’s ensnaring traps that bind us down, or Christ’s infinite path of growth and becoming.
Because of the adversary’s devious and horrific plan to destroy souls, “we see the great call of diligence of men to labor in the vineyards of the Lord; and thus we see the great reason of sorrow, and also of rejoicing—sorrow because of death and destruction among men, and joy because of the light of Christ unto life.” (14)
What side will you choose?