Divine Good Will

In some of the doctrinal statements made in past days regarding God's dealing with men, it used to be given out that some men are to suffer disadvantage throughout all eternity, and this "according to the good pleasure of his will." It is difficult for the people under such instruction not to think of God's will as arbitrary and capricious; whereas if one speaks of God as acting according to the benevolence of His will, there comes a glow of answering love to God and a sense of safety. Human wills are many and urge human action into diverse ways. Divine will is one and good; hence its government leads only into the way of good.

It should be easy to accept the divine will and obey it, but mortals do not find it so. Men are troubled by their wantings and their vauntings, by secret covetings and clamorous desires for they know not what; hence the command of the Decalogue, "Thou shalt not covet ... any thing that is thy neighbour's." The basis of anarchy and frequently of revolution is desire for the possessions of the neighbor. Indeed the proclamations of some agitators might be: We covet all that is our neighbor's. It is as if they said of the neighbor: We wish to destroy his church, his government, and his peace of mind, to destroy the very law and order under which he is wont to live his life and accomplish usefulness and service. But revolution does not cease once it has begun. The agitator who overthrew the erstwhile ruler finds his own seat of power overthrown, and then to him is done in turn just what he did to others. The confusions of the world have been due to mortal minds trying to work out the good pleasure of their wills. Mrs. Eddy says of this in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 208): "Mortals have only to submit to the law of God, come into sympathy with it, and to let His will be done. This unbroken motion of the law of divine Love gives, to the and heavy-laden, rest. But who is willing to do His will or to let it be done? Mortals obey their own wills, and so disobey the divine order."

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