Are you tired of running around in circles yet? Chasing after the same things that always make you fall flat on your face drenching in tears? If you take a close look, we’re like dogs chasing after our own tail until we realize we’ll never reach it!
I know I am. I’m tired of doing things that seem “easy” or that i’ve done for so long just because that’s all I knew growing up. But if after years of doing the same old things I always end up with the same result then, why would I continue repeating the same mistake?!?! This makes no sense, yet so many of us continue living off of the same cycle.
Today I revisited the book of Ruth in my ESV Bible and I was able to notice something new that I hadn’t seen before. Her story with Boaz is very much compared to our love story with our Lord. You see, Ruth is a widow and remains close to her mother in-law Naomi, and she’s very determined to know her God and to follow her people as well even after Naomi practically begged her to go back to her own family so that she could be someones wife again. Oprah, Naomi’s other widowed daughter in-law, obeyed her and went off to her people and to her gods (Ruth 1:14-15).
But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God…” ~Ruth 1:16-17
Ruth was a very bold, strong, and a faithful woman. She was determined to know God and to be obedient as she stayed by her mother in law’s side. Anyway, long story short (I encourage you to read this love story on your own 😉 ) Ruth goes out to work into a field and finds favor in a mans eyes who’s name is Boaz. He learns about her past and how faithful she has been to her mother in-law and he commands his people to not touch her, but to protect her and treat her well. He approaches her and tells her “The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Isreal, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!” (Ruth 2:12). Ruth recognizes that the Lord had found favor in her and that He is her comforter that speaks kindly to her, (Ruth 2:13). Ruth lays at Boaz’s feet one night as her mother in-law commanded (Ruth 3:7) Later on in the story, Boaz becomes her redeemer and they give birth to a baby…
Are you seeing a parallel from Ruth and Boaz to Yourself and God?
You see, when we don’t know God we don’t fully understand our purpose in life. We go about our lives simply playing a guessing game of what we “should” do. We get sucked into the “worldly” ways of living because it’s so much easier to do what everyone else does anyway.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” ~Romans 12:2
BUT when we really spend time with God and we get to know Him, we realize that our lives are not our own, but that we were created to glorify Him in everything that we do. God created us all to be so different yet with the same purpose in mind which is to be His light and the salt of this earth until we meet again in eternity.
God is our redeemer and our comforter. He delights in our obedience and submission to Him. He wants us to have a close friendship with Him where we can be open and honest with everything about our lives because He loves us and wants to guide us. But we must lay at His feet, just like Ruth did with Boaz…
“The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfast love.” ~Psalm 147:11
Ah! Love stories that melt your heart 🙂
Trust God, and Do Good…