A King’s Message

Reading: Mosiah 2

Last night I was reading the address of King Benjamin in Mosiah 2 and was struck once again by how dependent we all are on God.  While some of us may have more money, or more talent in a certain area, or be blessed in other ways, none of us is truly better than others, and none of us can claim anything of ourself.  In Mosiah 2:19-21 it says:

And behold also, if I, whom ye call your king, who has spent his days in your service, and yet has been in the service of God, do merit any thanks from you, O how you ought to thank your heavenly King! I say unto you, my brethren, that if you should render all the thanks and praise which your whole soul has power to possess, to that God who has created you, and has kept and preserved you, and has caused that ye should rejoice, and has granted that ye should live in peace one with another—I say unto you that if ye should serve him who has created you from the beginning, and is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath, that ye may live and move and do according to your own will, and even supporting you from one moment to another—I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants.

Benjamin was a great king, and embodied a Christlike leader.  If such a great man can get up and say to all of his people that he is no better than they, and dependent on God for even the air that he breathes, then how can I think myself better than others?  How can I think that I don’t need God, and have to do things on my own?

Today when I start to feel stressed or impatient I am going to take a moment and think about the blessings that are making what I am doing possible.  For example, if I get frustrated driving on icy roads then I’ll think about how blessed I am to have a car and to be able to get around and do what I need to do in comfort.  If I get frustrated because the computer doesn’t work then I’ll think how blessed I am to have the wonders of modern technology accessible to me.

When you read these words by King Benjamin, how do they make you feel?  Can remembering his perspective help you with something you are facing?

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