Journey through the Book of Mormon: Mosiah 7 (An Effectual Struggle)

I think we can learn quite a bit from the people of King Limhi. Even though they had fallen away from God and fallen into bondage, they continually strove to repent and be freed. Yet, so many of their attempts had been unsuccessful. They had tried to overcome their own weaknesses and past mistakes without success. And yet, King Limhi never abandoned hope. He had hope that some day God would deliver them. Someday, God would send messengers to inspire and encourage them. Limhi and his people were beaten down, but not broken. And so they still had the strength for one more effectual struggle.

Limhi also drew strength from the same pool of strength that Nephi did. He remembered the tender mercies of the Lord to his ancestors. In particular, he remembered the splitting of the Red Sea-always a fitting story for a group seeking to escape from the grasp of overwhelming foes.

Likewise, he remembered the story of God feeding his people manna in the wilderness. His invocation of this story reveals two things. First, Limhi and his people were burdened both physically and emotionally by the gruelling tax. Manna from heaven is something that would be fitting for those who hunger because half of what they need to survive has been taken. Second, Limhi was preparing his people for what he imagined to be a flight into the wilderness and perhaps a time as wanderers. He related to the journey of Israel and promised his people that God would likewise nurture and comfort them.

18 And it came to pass that when they had gathered themselves together that he spake unto them in this wise, saying: O ye, my people, lift up your heads and be comforted; for behold, the time is at hand, or is not far distant, when we shall no longer be in subjection to our enemies, notwithstanding our many strugglings, which have been in vain; yet I trust there remaineth an effectual struggle to be made.
19 Therefore, lift up your heads, and rejoice, and put your trust in God, in that God who was the God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob; and also, that God who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, and caused that they should walk through the Red Sea on dry ground, and fed them with manna that they might not perish in the wilderness; and many more things did he do for them.

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