The Lord Did Strengthen Them – Mosiah 23:1-2

1 Now Alma, having been warned of the Lord that the armies of king Noah would come upon them, and having made it known to his people, therefore they gathered together their flocks, and took of their grain, and departed into the wilderness before the armies of king Noah.
2 And the Lord did strengthen them, that the people of king Noah could not overtake them to destroy them.

The Lord blessed the people of Alma in two ways in this passage:
  1. He warned them of danger so that they could escape.
  2. He strengthened them so that they could avoid the danger.
Notice something that these two blessings have in common: they both required the recipients to do something.
When we receive a warning from the Lord, it is our choice whether or not to heed the warning and do something about it. If we ignore the warning or listen but fail to take action, the effect on us is the same as if no warning had been given. Ezekiel taught this principle when he described the response of some people to a warning from a watchman on a tower:

Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul (Ezekiel 33:4-5).

When the Lord strengthens us, He gives us power to do things that we wouldn’t have been able to do on our own. But we must still choose to act. If we fail to take action, the effect is the same as if we had not been strengthened.
Today, I will remember that some of God’s blessings require action on my part. I will pay attention to the warnings I have been given and will act upon them. I will also act in faith, knowing that the Lord will strengthen me as I serve in righteousness.

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