14. As you are not able to resist it in your own strength, ask God’s assistance for Christ’s sake, and it will not be withheld. Now, remember Jarvis, and the bed of stinging nettles!
15. The Bible tells us very plainly how much God sets his face against disobedience. “The children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the Lord.”
16. “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for, because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” Nor is it disobedience to God that is alone hateful in his sight; for disobedience to parents is spoken of as an evil thing, too.
17. “The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pluck it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.”
18. But I cannot bear to think that you are disobedient! I would rather consider you obedient in all things, and encourage you in holding on your way, obeying the will of God, and the word of all in authority over you.
“The Lord rules over
sea and land,
And blest indeed are they
Who all his counsels understand,
And his commands obey.”
19. I have often been struck with the simplicity with which some children obey their parents. This tractable disposition is very amiable in a child.
20. It was no longer ago than last week, that, in crossing a field, I overtook three children: one, a little girl of about five years old, was on the foot-path, and, just as I came up, her brother called her to him, where he was in the field.
21. “No, William,” said the little maid; “my mother told me not to go off the foot-path, and it would be very wicked to disobey my mother.”
22. I caught the little creature up in my arms; and having a small neat book in my pocket, suitable for a child, I gave it to her, and told her to remember that the reason why I gave it was, that she had been obedient to her mother.
“Though cares on cares
in parent hearts be piled,
Great is that blessing—an obedient child!”
23. Without obedience there can be no order. The man must obey his master, the maid her mistress, and the scholar his teacher. If you attend a Sunday-school, whatever class you are in, be obedient to your instructors, or you will make but little progress. By obedience you will learn faster, secure the respect of those about you, and set a proper example to those younger than yourself.
24. If you are in a place of work, be obedient to your employer. Those make the best masters and mistresses who have been the most obedient servants; for the discharge of one duty disposes us to perform another.
25. The best way to qualify yourselves to act well when grown up, is to act well while you are children.