I think this may be one of my favorite sections in Ruth, taking risks. Let’s recap for just a moment. Ruth is Naomi’s daughter in law whose husband had died and she refused to leave her mother-in-law’s side and returned to her mother-in-law’s home town to establish roots. Naomi knew of a relative who had a grain farm and sent Ruth there to collect left over grains after the servants have gone through the fields. Ruth had faith in Naomi’s directions and followed them.
Isn’t is funny how we seem to question things when taking risks? I’m not sure what the outcome will be. What if I fail? What if I succeed?
God gives us the free will to make decisions but that does not come without consequence, good or bad. A new job, new home, new family members, the list can go on and on but we need to have faith that God will walk with us in our journey.
Ruth had no idea who Boaz was, nor did she know how he would react if and when he found her out with his servants collecting grain. But Ruth’s faith in the words of Naomi gave her the willingness to do as she was told.
Sometimes God askes us to make personal sacrifices to obey his plan. For you to follow his calling.
In my life I knew God always had big plans for me. Things I could never fathom in my wildest dreams. Two years ago I left the corporate world to be a stay at home mom. It was a big pay cut financially but a huge pay increase in my children’s lives. Shortly after leaving the corporate world the Hub’s position was eliminated at a place he had worked for nearly ten years.
We were devastated but God had a plan. I began putting more effort into my dance studio and my Thirty-One business to make ends meet. The Hubs found another job a few weeks later that allows him to spend holidays with us, have a regular schedule, use most of his brain capacity and he actually enjoys. God has a plan and tests us and our faith in Him. I knew during that period of time God would provide. We never went without food, electric, cars or a roof over our heads but we did learn to live more frugally and how much our friends really were there for us. Our job situations were risks we never meant to take but in order for God to close that chapter in our life, they needed to be taken for us to move forward in this chapter.
What risks do you feel God put in front of you to test your faith in Him?