Ruth 1:5-7 “Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband. Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moabl, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the LORD had visited His people by giving them bread. Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.”
Jehovah-Jireh has provided direction my whole life. It’s only recently that I’ve been the one to personally receive His instructions regarding the next steps of my life. One of those steps was Bible College – in fact, I’m currently waiting on the LORD to provide direction on the immediate next step about returning to Bible College in Murrieta or following another course. To be honest, it’s kind of scary to “hang out in space” waiting for a positive sign or word that THIS is the direction GOD wants me or you to take. But we don’t have to be afraid about facing an unknown future so long as we truly trust the One who is orchestrating all the details. My future steps may include Bible College in England and serving in some kind of missions ministry. I don’t know all the details right now, but I trust that the LORD will reveal them to me at the right moment – in HIS timing. I can trust my GOD to know what is best and to lead me accordingly. Even something like the opportunity to leave my home and serve others can be His means for getting me to the next place in His plan.
GOD did something like this with Ruth – doing a supernatural thing in a very natural way, as Chuck Smith would put it – by prompting Naomi to return to Israel with her daughters-in-law. This brought Ruth out of her pagan homeland and moved her toward the next step in her life: Bethlehem in Judah. Taking such a step was an act of trust and faith on Ruth’s part, and the God she was trusting in had the very best intented for her. Sometimes that doesn’t take the shape or order that we believe it will, but that’s when we have to decide if we are depending on our plans or on our GOD (Proverbs 3:5-6). When Jesus Christ came, He didn’t behave or speak in the way the Jewish people expected their Messiah to – He was, in a word, unconventional. But Jesus was the one who provided direction for several fishermen, a tax collecter, a religious zealot, and others. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father [GOD] except through Me.” In case that doesn’t seem clear, let me say simply that Jesus, through His life, death, and resurrection, provided the direction, the path, and the vitality to reach GOD’s ultimate goal for our lives: a personal, intimate relationship with Him.
Have you experienced this direction? Walked this path with Jesus? Felt the incredible, glorious life found only in Jesus Christ? Would you like to? I wish you would. You have never experienced an adventurous life like this one unless you’ve taken that first step of faith and asked Jesus Christ to lead you into a personal, intimate, eternal relationship with His Father.