It's quite obvious that this chapter is speaking to anyone and everyone (throughout all time) who lives on this land. Verses 9,10, and 12 are especially insightful.
"What will ye that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels?"
I love that question. I never noticed outright that right after the Lord poses that question, he tells Morianton the thing that he cannot do, and why he cannot do them. In that time, after the Lord finished telling him what he couldn't do, there weren't any known options left for letting light into the barges.
The Lord provided no recourse for the problem at hand, except faith. Faith that the Lord works miracles.
I wonder what I would do, should I be left in such a quandry. I wonder if I would have the faith necessary to look beyond the temporal, and the "possible", and rely upon the Lord - even when it makes no logical sense at all.
Examples of people doing this abound in the Book of Mormon.
- Helaman and the 2000 warriors (boys, really... who had never fought before), going against a seasoned army. They should have lost handily.
- Nephi going to get the plates. Basically going into the hornet's nest, after everything they had thought of, failed. With as many guards as I'm sure there were, Nephi should have been killed.
- Alma going back into the city of Ammonihah, after they threw him out, threatening they would kill him. He should have been killed, and they tried many times. Yet he lived.
- Ammon and the Lamanites who scattered the sheep. It was a small army against one guy. Ammon should have lost the battle. Instead, he cut off bags-full of the enemy's arms.
My God is a God of miracles. I would do very good to remember this. I feel He wants me to put Him to the test, but man, that's tough. I get so comfortable sometimes... But... Faith needs to be stretched.