Blessings Contingent on Obedience

In a study of Bible narratives, in both the Old and the New Testament, it will be observed that wherever a promise is made, the enjoyment of its fulfillment is found to be dependent upon willing and faithful compliance with certain accompanying conditions. There is no foundation for the supposition that one in need of divine help has nothing to do but ask and then wait passively for God to comply with his wishes.

Our inspired Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, makes this fact plain where she writes on page 3 of our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "Who would stand before a blackboard, and pray the principle of mathematics to solve theproblem? The rule is already established, and it is our task to work out the solution. Shall we ask the divine Principle of all goodness to do His own work? His work is done, and we have only to avail ourselves of God's rule in order to receive His blessing, which enables us to work out our own salvation."

Enlistment to Lessen Evil
August 15, 1942

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