Ya know... The explanations of the strategy of war really is interesting to me. But when I come across verses like these
, I simply can't help but get chills.
I actually tear up when reading these verses. I guess it's kind of the whole underdog syndrome. Ya know... When there's a conflict, or a competition, and the odds are overwhelmingly in favor of the stronger party. Yet through some miracle, or intense desire, or whatever, the weaker party begins to gain advantage... Not sure why, but that always gets me...
And in this case, we're talking about a huge seasoned army against 2,000 young guys who hadn't fought before. What a scene that must have been.... For Helaman to say, "never before had I seen such great courage, nay not amongst all the Nephites
", that must have been quite the experience.
...and then, of course, for them to continue on in their word, and go out to fight - only to have an overwhelming victory and not lose one soul. Wow. I want to hear that story told by Helaman himself someday.
What a great, great example of courage and faith. Take that and apply it personally, and there are all sorts of applications where we might feel weak, or insecure, or scared to take on our personal demons which, to our sight, are as big, and numberless as an army of experienced warriors bent on our demise.
Yet just as those warriors took courage in what they knew to be right, and being armed with the truth of their own divine birthright, and as such, being protected by almighty God himself, and while trusting their very lives to His will, exerting everything within their power...
their enemy - against all odds.
Just as the 2,000 Stripling Warriors did, we too, can most assuredly overcome and claim our victory.
What a fabulous, fabulous chapter.