The Lord Hath Founded Zion – 2 Nephi 24:32

32 What shall then answer the messengers of the nations? That the Lord hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.
In this chapter and in the previous one, Isaiah prophesies of the destruction of three powerful kingdoms: Babylon, Assyria, and Palestina (Philistia).  Israel is liberated, and those other kingdoms acknowledge that God has delivered His people and is protecting them.
“Zion” refers to Jerusalem in this verse, but the final phrase is also reminiscent of the city of Enoch:

18 And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.  (Moses 7:18)

We can be poor in so many ways.  We may be poor financially, but even if we are not, we could be poor emotionally, we might suffer from unhealthy relationships, we may have health challenges, and we can face any number of other trials in our lives which render us poor in some way.  Just as King Benjamin taught that charitable giving should not be limited to money alone (Mosiah 4:26), we must recognize that we are all poor in some way and that we all need help from others.  When our lives are in harmony with God’s will, we willingly accept opportunities both to serve others and to be served by them.  As we do this, we are enriched collectively, and our poverty is reduced.
How have you been blessed by serving others or by trusting others to serve you?

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