Yes, I know that we just read about the peace and joy that the people had as a result of covenanting with the Lord and being righteous. But then, they forgot…
“And thus ended the fifteenth year, and thus were the people in a state of many afflictions; and the sword of destruction did hang over them, insomuch that they were about to be smitten down by it, and this because of their iniquity.” – 3 Nephi 2:19
Silly people. Really, we are silly.
Wickedness and abomination increase. They consider faith in Christ to be “foolishness.” And here’s what happens:
- They experience many afflictions
- The sword of destruction hung over them
- They were smitten down.
This sounds horrible! These are the results of wickedness. Wickedness never was happiness. Remember – that’s not just some trite saying. It is a universal law. No matter what we try to convince ourselves, it is as real as the law of gravity.