Key Thoughts and Scriptures:
- At the beginning of each new season of life – it is common to assess where we have been and consider what changes we want to make going forward.
- If you decide on a new course but do not take the first and continuing steps in that direction, that decision was more a dream than a commitment to change.
- There will be distinct crossroads that force us to choose which path we will take in that season. And those choices have consequences for our future.
Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
- We are all entering a new season, a time when God is up to something new. How will we move forward to ensure that we stay on the way He is making in the wilderness, so we can access streams He is making in the wasteland?
Ruth had to navigate a new season in her life, one she did not want.
2 Kings 3:27 NIV Then he took his firstborn son, who was to succeed him as king, and offered him as a sacrifice on the city wall….
- First, Ruth chose to follow the true and living God – no matter the cost to her, no matter where He led.
- Second, she chose to associate with people who followed God, starting with her godly mentor, Naomi.
I Corinthians 15:33 NIV Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
- When seasons change in our lives, when things look and feel very different, we must CHOOSE to believe God has good plans for us.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Sometimes we must persist, training ourselves to think on the goodness of God and His many amazing characteristics, on His love for us and His faithfulness.
- Ruth chose to be faithful.
- Much had changed significantly for her but as Ruth responds to Boaz it is not out of bitterness or indignation at her lot in life.
- Ruth kept a grateful and humble attitude in the face of her adversity and Naomi’s despair.
- Her humility, gratitude and faithfulness opened new doors for her.
- God multiplied her efforts beyond anything she could have done – because she trusted Him and walked in His ways in her new season.
- But at the right time, still clothed in humility – Ruth was also bold.
- Because of her choices, she went from gleaning in the fields to owning them. From being a childless widow to being married with a child!
Psalm 2:12 NIV …Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Psalm 139:5-6 NIV You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
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