They really had nothing to be mad about. In essence, they were mad because Abinadi was right.
The truth is we all suffer with the same temptation. We want things our way. We want God to answer prayers, but with our answers. We don’t really want to relinquish control. We want to be the one in charge of making sure everyone pays their just dues. It is hard to let go and let God. It is hard to stop controlling every aspect of life and let God take the reins. But it must be done… and it takes work… real work.
In a way, I think this is true conversion… letting go and letting Christ carry our burdens, meanwhile, working hard and doing all that we can to be like Him. Our good works become our practice for becoming more like Him. We must practice… not that we will “arrive” any time soon. It is true, “Practice makes perfect.”
After fighting the process for awhile, they finally wised up and “did bury their weapons of war.” They “did walk in the ways of the Lord.” They “did keep the commandments.” They “did look forward to the coming of Christ.”
Notice what the they started with… “bury the weapons of war.” We, too, must “bury” our weapons of war. We must rid ourselves of the things we hang on to that don’t serve us and help us to move forward. We must forgive (not erasing what has been done, but turning it all over to the wisdom of God). We must repent in faith. We must leave things behind.
When we do we will be like the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi and we will “retain a hope through faith, unto eternal salvation.”
In the scriptures we read how the Jews had Jesus right there, but didn't see him as their Savior. They 'missed the mark.' The Nephites (including the converted Lamanites) saw the law of Moses for what it was, a precursor to the Savior. They knew that while they were 'doing' the things the Law required, they were still 'looking' to the Savior to come. They weren't distracted. They didn't miss the mark.
As I go about fulfilling my callings, visiting teaching, teaching my children and all my other service in the church, in the community, and at home, it sometimes gets overwhelming. I have to keep myself in check, so I don't 'miss the mark.' The purpose for all of these things is to keep our minds and efforts on the Savior and His Atonement, and its effect in my life and those around me. Commandments are to help us focus on what is important and to help us practice being Christ-like.
What did you think/learn today?