E100 Devotion – Day 30June 4, 2012
Reading: Ruth 1:1 -4:22
Ruth’s life communicates many metaphors we can learn from, along with demonstrating the kind of life that exemplifies godly character that endures in life’s trials. When both her husband and father-in-law die, Ruth’s world comes apart. Yet n her “tough times” Ruth’s true character is revealed.
Ruth was loyal and optimistic and a person of faith.
The women cried together out loud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law Naomi good-bye, but Ruth held on to her tightly. ….“ But Ruth said, “Don’t beg me to leave you or to stop following you. Where you go, I will go. Where you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.…
Ruth 1:14, 16-17
Ruth was a hard worker.
And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves. So she came and has continued from early morning until now, except when she rested a little in the house.
Ruth was submissive as she gracefully worked within the customs of her day
Then Ruth answered, “I will do everything you say.“ So Ruth went down to the threshing floor and did all her mother-in-law told her to do.
Ruth was a person of integrity
And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character.
In trying times, Ruth made strategic decisions in her life. She did not allow her circumstances to define her, but allowed them to refine her. She did not abandon her faith in God, but only grew in her faith in her time of need. She allowed her circumstances to propel her into a new dimension of trust in the faithfulness of God to care for her and protect her.
Ruth understood that like in a marriage we have a partnership with God. In that partnership we not only trust, but we continue to do our part. Ruth made a decision to remain loyal and hardworking, as she remained teachable and open to good counsel in her life. These decisions empowered her to step into a new beginning. Ruth made the choice to not allow the challenges that she faced or the grief that she bore to cause her to compromise her integrity to get her needs met.
As you forge ahead in this life, what will you do in your hour of need? What will you become; Bitter or Better? Those who trust in God will emerge better, stronger and blessed.
My brothers and sisters, when you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience. Let your patience show itself perfectly in what you do. Then you will be perfect and complete and will have everything you need.
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