Obedience That Blesses All Nations

The Bible records God said to Abraham, "In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice." Gen. 22:18; As Abraham proved, enlightened obedience to God can result in many blessings, and with the coming of the Messiah the whole world was blessed. Obedience to God's will corrects weaknesses of character. It has a direct relationship to our health. It makes us better citizens and neighbors.

A twentieth-century poet writes of the legendary powers and forces supposed to have served the wise Solomon that their "strong obedience broke the sky." How much more potent to break our world free from limiting beliefs of every kind is the strong obedience of actual men and women in all ages who understandingly serve the all-wise divine Mind, God.

Mrs. Eddy pertinently writes, "Learn to obey; but learn first what obedience is." Message to The Mother Church for 1900, p. 8; In many circles today obedience is unpopular. Understandably. It has often been demanded without right and without reason. But the divine Principle, Love, claims obedience rightly, and in His revealed Word God gives clear reason for obedience. Even the Ten Commandments as received by Moses are prefaced by specific identification of God, their source, and of what He had already done for the Israelites: "I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee ... out of the house of bondage." Ex. 20:2;

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