I’ve been reading in the book of Esther. I am only to the 3rd chapter, but I have to say the one theme that jumps out at me is obedience.
Esther was adopted into Mordecai’s family, after the death of her parents. Later, Esther was chosen to be one of MANY young virgin girls to go to the King’s palace to undergo treatments and eventually spend some time with the King.
This was most likely not something most Jewish girls relished, as I am sure it meant becoming unclean in many different ways. Mordecai instructed her to not reveal her heritage, and she obeyed.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”[a]NIV
If you are familiar with Esther’s story, you know that Mordecai’s words were obeyed as he gave her advice throughout the story and Esther was rewarded.
Obedience can be a struggle at work, at home, with your spouse, and maybe even at church. But obedience has a promise- “so that it may go well with you…”.
Today, take a look at your life and your parent’s influences. Has it gone well with you?
-Thanking God for my obedience and reverence to my parents and despite normal “life trials”, it has gone well for me. AMEN