Thursday, January 23, 2014

Following God with all your Trust

I never really studied the story of Ruth until the past month or two. Every time I read and study more, I learn more about following God even when it makes absolutely no sense. And I learn that where God leads us is part of the plan He has for us.

When you think about Ruth's story from a non-Christian perspective, she seems like a nutcase. Her husband of ten years just passed away. Now, of course, I don't have a husband, but I can imagine that if my husband died after being married ten years, I would go to my biological mother, the mother that held me and nursed me when I was sick as a child. Did Ruth do that? Nope. Maybe Ruth's mother wasn't alive; maybe Naomi was the only family Ruth had. But I don't think that was the case. At any rate, Naomi was leaving the only country Ruth ever new, and Ruth decided to go with her. To go live a life of probable poverty

So why did she do this? Naomi even tried to persuade Ruth to go back to her family and home, but Ruth refused:

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: 
Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. 
(Ruth 1:16-17)

The tone and meaning of Ruth's response really convinces me that she knew that following Naomi was what God wanted her to do. I'm sure it didn't make any sense to her at the time. I'm sure she wasn't thinking about herself and her own personal leisure. In her loyalty to Naomi, however, she would be greatly blessed. We know that she met and married Boaz and became the ancestor of both David and Jesus. 

God may be telling you to do something that just doesn't seem to make sense. But, He always know best. He knows His plans for you, and you can always trust Him. Unlike mankind's promises and character, God's promises and character never fail. Don't be afraid to follow Him... with all your trust.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the encouragement today, Cosette. God surely is trust-worthy!


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