So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water; and putting it on her shoulder, he gave it and the boy to Hagar, and sent her away. (Genesis 21:14)
The Bible doesn’t clarify whether Abraham was grieved over Ishmael’s actions toward Isaac or because he would have to send him away but the Bible is clear on Abraham’s willingness to obey. After hearing from God on the matter, he immediately took action. Because it was his son, it could not have been easy on his heart but he demonstrated that he would do what God asked him to. This level of commitment distinguishes Abraham from other servants – he obeyed without delay.
When we give instruction to our children, we expect them to do what we’ve asked without a bunch of questions and to do it immediately. Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way but that is a reasonable expectation to have. And the reason this is so important to us is because it is a manifestation of the respect and love they have for us. Its not so much the chore that needs to be done as it is the willingness on their part to obey.
Likewise, when we follow our Father’s instructions promptly and with a good attitude it is indicative of our willingness to submit our will to His. It is a demonstration of our love and respect for Him. Yeshua summed it up this way:
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15)
It’s as simple as that: we do what is in our heart to do and we serve what is most important to us. May our hearts be inclined to heed His voice and to do what He has commanded us to do so that He may see that we truly love Him.
Blessings and Shalom,