12 And Alma and his people did not raise their voices to the Lord their God, but did pour out their hearts to him; and he did know the thoughts of their hearts.
13 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage.
14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.
15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.
Sometimes we are called to go through some tough trials. We try to do everything right, and then things just don’t work out for us. There are various reasons that Heavenly Father does this.
The first is obvious – we are hear to learn and grow, and the best way to grow is through hardship. Secondly, people can be much more empathetic toward the problems of others if they have been through it themselves. We learn empathy through hardship. Finally, sometimes we are called to go through hardship so that the Lord can show His hands in our lives for our benefit and the benefit of others.
Sometimes deliverance is slow in the coming, but support is always there for us. Even though Alma’s people weren’t immediately delivered, they were aided so that they could stand the trials that they are going through. I find that this is the way the Lord works most often in my life. He doesn’t get me out, but He does lift me up and support me so that I can get through the hardships on my own.
Why does He do this? These experiences build our faith in His ability and willingness to help us. They also strengthen us and improve our faith in ourselves. Whenever you are in a difficult situation, just keep one thing in mind. The Lord didn’t call you to go through that experience to fail. He has faith in your ability to make it through with His help. Have faith in His faith in you.