Thu, 08/18/2011 - 09:17 -- Joyce Long

“...for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him.”
Esther 2:20

One of Esther's character qualities was obedience. Even after being made queen, she obeyed Mordecai. I don't know what “obedience” brings to your mind, but if you had good parents it is something they tried to teach you. If children do not learn to obey earthly authority, obeying God as adults will be nearly impossible. The kind of obedience God desires from us is our declaration, “Lord, here I am. I'll do whatever you ask.” This obedience is the kind Esther had when Mordecai asked her to go to the king to plead for her people. She replied, “I will go. If I perish, I perish.”
Some people are afraid to make such a surrender to God for fear He will ask something difficult. Will He? He might. But if we obey God in the hard place, we will be happier in that hard place than we would be anywhere else. We may feel God asks things of us that He doesn't ask of other people. We should count this a privilege! The more intimate we are with God, the more confidence He places in us and the more He entrusts things to us.
In Acts 20:22, Paul said: “...behold, I go... unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there.” Going – not knowing – is what obedience to God entails. Abraham had the same experience. God told him to leave Ur and go to a land that He would show him. Imagine Abraham packing up, listening to his neighbors ask, “Where are you going?” Abraham's answer: “I don't know. Just going!” Abel's obedience in bringing a blood sacrifice cost him his life because of jealous Cain. Noah's obedience in building an ark caused people to mock and scorn him. Joseph's obedience in keeping himself pure ended in his imprisonment.
Are you willing to do what God asks of you? There is blessing in obedience; do not rob yourself.

~Elizabeth Lapp

Women's Devotional Image 2011-08-18 05:17