Marian P. Merritt - Lagniappe

Where the Bayous Meet the Mountains

Monday, February 06, 2006

For Such a Time as This

Those words spoken so many years ago to a woman called by God to save her people.

We, like Esther, are called “for such a time as this”. Now, more than ever, women of God are called to step up and obey His callings. He calls each of us to different tasks and holds each of us accountable.

So many times He’s called and I’ve ignored the calling or pretended I didn’t hear—so many missed blessings. Someone more obedient received those blessings. When we’re obedient to Christ’s calling, he showers us with blessings and anoints us so we can pass those blessings along to others. Thus the goodness spreads.

Stepping out in obedience is not easy. Especially if you’re not in relationship with Christ and trusting Him. Too often we rely on our own understanding and will. Too often, we’re hurt or disappointed when our plans go awry. Many times I decided what I would do, then asked God to bless my plans. I’ve learned the hard way, that’s not how things work.

The rewards for obedience are not always evident immediately, but sometimes we see the fruit of an obedient act instantly. What an awesome and humbling feeling when God uses us to bless others. It’s beyond words and brings us so much closer to Him.

Closer to Him—exactly where I want to be.

Is God calling you? Are you listening for His voice?

Suggestion for today: Phone or write a friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile.


Heather Diane Tipton said...

ooooh Do you count as a friend I haven't written to in a while? LOL

How are you Marian???

great post btw. I read this earlier this week and got a phone call before I was able to comment and then forgot to make it back here.

Being obedient sure is an interesting journey, isn't it??

Denise H. McEwen said...


Good post. Obedience is so hard because we have to admit we are not in control. I wonder if we get control and responsability mixed up sometimes? We have no ultimate control over things, but God entrusts us for a while with people and things for His Glory. But you are right, we must obey if those relationships and circumstances are to be truly blessed.