“There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated— And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.” Doctrine and Covenants 130:20-21.
There it is. A simple but profound statement of fact. It is an eternal law. God’s law.
How do you feel as you contemplate this scripture? Does it open up new possibilities for you? Do you find yourself wondering if it is really true, as you quickly evaluate in your own mind the various blessings you can think of and why you received, or did not receive, them?
What are the blessings you seek?
- If you would seek peace – “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Psalms 119:165. When we love God’s law we obey it. We find peace and do not take offense.
- If you would seek riches – “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also….But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:21-33. When we first seek to help Heavenly Father and His goals, He will grant us all the rest, because then we will seek them for the right reason: “And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.” Jacob 2:19.
- If you would seek love – “And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people.” 4 Nephi 1:15. When we accept the love of God, we no longer desire to hurt or belittle others, we see past that and feel great contentment.
- If you would seek fame – “Therefore when thou doest thine alms [when you do good things], do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:2-4. When we do good for the purpose of doing good rather than for fame and being seen of men, Heavenly Father will reward us greatly!
These are a few examples of reaping the blessings by living the laws. What are some others you can think of? How has Christ blessed you for your obedience to His righteousness?