After much tribulation come the blessings. v.4
It is not meet that God should command in all things; for he that is complelled in all things, the same is a slothful servane and not a wise sevant; wherefore he receiveth no reward. v.26
As a teenager, we had a few chores around the house. Usually mom would just tell us what needed to be done, and my brother and I would decided among ourselves. But if my mom didn't tell us anything, nothing would get done. One day she cited this scripture to us, saying that she didn't always have to tell us what to do. It was okay for us to look around for ourselves and find things to do. I remember that lesson to this day, but I think I still need to learn it and let it become part of me.
"[Wo]Men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness."
Isn't that a great scripture? It reminds me to not be so lazy. But another thought I had when reading it -- While we should counsel with the Lord in all things, sometimes He'll tell us that all options we're considering are good and it's up to us. Do you think this is true?
Whoa. Check out the next verse. "But he that doeth not anything until he is commanded, and receiveth a commandment with a doubtful heart, and keepeth it with slothfulness, the same is damned."
Okay. Now I'm scared. There have been times where I am very doubtful that something is indeed the Lord's will. Have I messed up royally?