Today’s Scripture: Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. Deuteronomy 13:4

John Kenneth Galbraith was a famous economist and diplomat. He wrote in a book about one of his housekeepers, Emily. She was a very good housekeeper and very devoted to her employer. On one occasion, Galbraith had a hard day, so he decided to take a nap. He told Emily to hold all his telephone calls while he took a nap.

Shortly after he went to sleep, the phone rang. On the other side of the line was President Lyndon B. Johnson. He said, “Get me Ken Galbraith.”

Emily replied, “He’s sleeping, Mr. President; he asked to not be disturbed.”

Lyndon Johnson said, “Well, wake him up. I want to talk to him.”

Emily answered, “No, Mr. President, I work for him, not for you.”

After Galbraith’s nap, he returned the president’s call. The president could scarcely control his pleasure and said, “I want that woman to work for me at the White House.”

We admire her obedience! She did what she was told to do; she had loyalty to her boss. That is something we ought to have: loyalty and obedience to God. However, I find a lot of Christians ignoring the voice of God. When God is calling us, we ignore the call. This is a terrible thing.

Are you above the Bible? The obvious answer is no, but so many of us at times live like we are. The Bible tells us to get counsel, but we don’t because we want to do it our way. The Bible says to obey those in authority over us, but we think we have a better way.

Put your loyalty where it belongs and obey God.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.