In the face of obstacles and challenges, our determination to fight through our obstacles opens the door we have always sought for. The breakthroughs may not be dumped at our doorsteps. We may have to reach out by faith.
In yesterday’s edition, we started discussing the instances where we have to make the move (Episode 4). We discussed about the woman with the issue of the blood. Today we will have a look at Ruth.
4. Ruth (Ruth 1)
And when Naomi saw that Ruth had made up her mind and could not be persuaded otherwise, she stopped urging her.Ruth 1:18 (TLB)
She is well known amongst the Women ministry in most churches. Known for her determination to change her alliance to be part of the people of Israel, even though she was a Moabite, is well noted. However I would like to add a few things to that. (Link to an old piece on Dealing with a Ruth)
She was a woman who had a past. Her father-in-law, brother-in-law and husband were dead. Scripture accounts that after ten years, she was without a child. It was not clear as to how many years she was married. However, it was clear that she did not conceive, neither did her other sister-in-law.
Upon Naomi’s return to her homeland after such a turmoil, she entreated her daughters-in-law to return to their homes. Giving them reason why they should stay, Ruth decided and determined to follow Naomi wherever she would. Whether it was about fulfilling the dying wish of her husband or any other motivation, she determined in her heart to defy all the uncertainties about her future to follow her mother-in-law.
Her decision created an opportunity for her to be part of the geneology of Christ. As a virtuous woman, she married Boaz and gave birth to Obed who was the grandfather of King David. You may not know that you carry in you a David and a Messiah until you learn to have faith in the promises of God and make a move.
There are many accounts in the Bible that explains the essence of our decision to make a move has on changing the narrative of our life. The prodigal son said himself that he had to return to his home and his narrative changed from eating pig’s food to receiving forgiveness and food from her father. The rich fool also had to die after a great harvest because of what he said to himself.
Understand that every decision that you make has the potential to affect your life. I do not suggest that you just make the decision outside of God’s plan. It is therefore important that you trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). There is always a way that will seem right to us but in the end is destruction (Proverbs 14:12). God’s ways and thoughts are always higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9) and His plans are good and not evil (Jeremiah 29:11).
Make a decision to make a move in the will of God. Don’t deny yourself of your breakthrough with your excuses. Maybe you have settled for your situation for quite a long time. Christ is here to offer help. Can you let Him in so He could help? I want to pray with you if you want to.
I thank you Father for your word that I have received today. Thank you very much for your grace that is made available unto me, in spite of my many excuses. I come before you today to surrender my weakness to you and ask that you grant me the grace to walk in your will. May I learn to obey your command to move when you ask me to. I also ask that you grant unto me the Spirit of discernment to know the direction you are leading me to. Thank you for your grace that is available unto me.
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