10 Esther had not made known her people or kindred, for Mordecai had commanded her not to make it known … 15 When the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his own daughter, to go in to the king, she asked for nothing except what Hegai the king’s eunuch, who had charge of the women, advised… 20 Esther had not made known her kindred or her people, as Mordecai had commanded her, for Esther obeyed Mordecai just as when she was brought up by him.
God calls us to obey Him and will bless those who do. (Luke 11:28, Psalm 119:2)
I don’t know about you but I would not be as calm as Esther is right now, let alone obedient. I tend to think that my way is the best way, especially in difficult situations. If I was Esther, I would be a terrible backseat driver: “Um… Mordecai… You sure I shouldn’t tell them I’m Jewish?”, “Hey Hegai! Um… You sure I don’t need to bring anything else with me to the King?”, “Mordecai… let me just double check before we do this thing… don’t say I’m Jewish?” Esther shows complete surrender and obedience in this chapter. She follows direction and honors her cousin’s commands. And, ultimately, she finds favor in the eyes of the King. In my life, I find that when I surrender completely to Christ, no matter what the situation, things end up working out for my best. It’s easy to forget that God loves us and knows what he is doing, especially when you struggle with pride and control like me. But as we will see in later chapters, God knows exactly what he is doing and though there will be some days and some seasons that don’t make sense to us or may be painful, they are all a part of his glorious and PERFECT plan.