Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded them. (Ex. 7:6)

I was just a first grader when my mother warned me not to touch the burner on the stove. She didn’t say why; she just told me not to touch it. As you can probably guess, curiosity bested me, and the moment she looked away, I scooted the pan over and pressed my right index finger securely on the burner. Lesson learned (and quickly!)—and for the next several days, every time I picked up my pencil to do school assignments, the blister on my finger reminded me of the importance of obedience, even when I don’t know the reason for it.

Moses and Aaron had a difficult task ahead of them, and much of God’s plan was unknown to them when he sent them forth with an assignment. What a beautiful example these brothers gave us in doing exactly what the Lord commanded.

Today is the day we celebrate Jesus’ birth. We’re busy presenting and receiving gifts, but what if we set aside a moment to give the Savior a gift? What if we promise him from this point forward, we’ll do just as he commands? If he issues an assignment, even if we don’t know all the reasons behind it or details ahead of us, we’ll simply obey. What a gift we can give to the One who gave us the greatest gift.

Give God the gift of your wholehearted obedience.

Bekah Shaffer lives in Kokomo, Indiana, and enjoys endless coffee, scrapbooking, speaking, and planning adventures with her husband, Ryan.

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Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.