God Has to Follow the Rules Too!

One of the things that I’ve learned over the past half year is that Heavenly Father is bound by laws. At first, it didn’t seem right – that Heavenly Father, a perfect being, of all people would have a follow laws and rules? You’ve got to be kidding me!

But it makes sense.

Things have to be done a certain way for a reason. The universe has to have order. We have the laws of physics. We have the laws of mathematics. We have national laws. We have state laws. We have city laws…

The point is, things work out better when you follow the rules. Our rules are the Commandments, which are made for our benefit. If we can follow the commandments faithfully, it paves a way to many blessings, both spiritually and temporally.

God promises a blessing for obedience to particular commandments. The promise that he makes is called a covenant. A covenant is a sacred agreement or mutual promise between God and a person or a group of people. If we choose to obey our end of the covenant, we receive promised blessings. If we choose not to obey, he withholds the blessings. Not being obedient takes away from ourselves.

If we keep the Lord’s commandments, he is bound by his promise to bless us as stated in Doctrine and Covenants.

I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise. (D&C 82:10)

Think about the following scenario: A Father promises to buy his son a pet rat if he gets all A’s on his report card. His son tries his hardest and receives an ‘A.’ This promise was made for the son’s benefit. What would happen if the Father did not follow through with his promise? The son would be disheartened and perhaps not do as good on his next report card? The father is bound by his promise, it is only right.

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. (D&C 130:20-21)

It is comforting and motivating to know that there are blessings in store when following the commandments given to us. I find it absolutely amazing and humbling that our Heavenly Father has to follow the rules as well.

He and his son are our examples. What great role models to have!

2 Replies to “God Has to Follow the Rules Too!”

  1. Nice reminder. While reading your post, I remembered a story that I’ve heard dozens of times (or so it seems) about following the rules. Imagine going to a beach and seeing a sign that clearly said, “No swimming allowed.” Some people would get irate and march right in regardless of the danger of an undertow or “creatures” or whatever while others would be more cautious. We’re free to obey or disobey, but once we disobey, then the consequences change. Obeying the rules, whether about swimming or following God’s commandments, actually frees us rather than restricts us.

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