Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Just Stick Around

Ruth 1:16

And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

Naomi was a faithful woman of God who, like many of us, had a moment of tragedy in her life. After losing her husband and two sons, she is left with her daughters in law, who also have no children or inheritance. She encourages Orpah and Ruth to return to their homeland, as they are Moabites. Their families worship other gods and observe other practices. Despite her coaching, one decides to stick around – Ruth.

As the story progresses, we find that Ruth is able to take advantage of kinsman redemption. Her tenacity and willingness to press on, even when times got rough, eventually reaped a reward on her behalf.

As the people of God, we must learn to stand in midst of tragedy, turmoil and tests. Too often, we give up because things don’t go the way we planned. Once our situations look bleak, we assume that God has forgotten about us. We must remember that this race must be completed. We cannot afford to grow weary in well-doing, when the promise is only to those that endure until the end.

No matter what you may be going through, always remember to do what is right… not just what is easiest. Your redemption lies in your obedience. Press through and move forward, even when things get rough! Let’s stop proclaiming that God “changed His mind” just because we are dealing with trials and challenges. Our steps are ordered, including the ones we don’t like!

Ask yourself today… Am I an Orpah or a Ruth?

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