But Ruth replied, “Do not urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God." - Ruth 1:16
Could you imagine uprooting your life for your in-laws and a new God? What a big step and change for yourself. This is actually something my husband followed for our family not too long ago. He felt the call to move us over a thousand miles closer to my family and a better career to provide for us. This was a huge step! One that was not taken lightly, but has been such a great blessing for us. And what a great blessing it was for Ruth as well.
It all started when Ruth, her mother-in-law, and sister-in-law become the only living members of their family. Her mother-in-law urges them to leave and find a new family with a man who can become their new husband(s). Ruth denies her request and chooses instead to trade in her old life to stick with her, and follow God.
Ruth actively chose to live a more holy life. She left everything she knew behind to follow God. I don’t know about you friend, but I struggle with this in today’s world with how easy it is to choose something else over my time with Jesus. When I’m having a bad day, it’s so much easier to turn to social media and zone out rather than open my Bible and focus. But what God has taught me is that these moments of struggle are the moments we are made for. The simple life-changing decision to actively choose Him could help make a difference in not only your own life, but other’s lives - just like Esther did.
Esther chose to disobey the law of the land for her people’s freedom (Esther 4:11-16). She felt her purpose in this world was to serve God and His people rather than their worldly desires. I don’t know about you friend, but that really convicts me. It reminds me to always choose Him over everything else. That this world is temporary, but life with God is eternal so my time spent with and for Him matters most.
1. What can you do to have the courage like Esther did to stand firm by God?
2. What can you trade in for a new and better life this year like Ruth did?
Heavenly Father, seek me and show me what changes I need to make. Help me to create new habits that glorify You, and You alone. I want to have courage like Ruth and Esther to follow You, and stand by You, and it show in the daily choices I make. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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