Ruth and her sister-in-law, Orpah, both had a choice: stay in a place of comfort, familiarity and compromise or move forward in a life devoted to the ways of God. Their decisions led them down very different paths. One went into obscurity, the other into greatness with God. As Christians, we also have that choice.
Orpah, as we know, chose to go back to Moab, and we never hear of her again. But Ruth, without any guarantees for the future, chose to go with Naomi and to worship Naomi's God, the true God. Her decision to forsake the securities of her home and its gods—to walk by faith and not by sight—put her into the lineage of Jesus and an entire book of the Bible is named for her.
Throughout our lives, we all have the opportunity to make choices. When we choose life and blessing, we choose greatness—not greatness in the flesh, which is self-absorption, self-centeredness and self-righteousness. But we can choose to honor God, walk with Him and watch what He will do in and through our lives.
In this week's episode of A Word in Season with Doug Stringer on the Charisma Podcast Network, Cassy Smith looks at Ruth's decision and how it also opened the door for her mother-in-law's redemption, as Naomi persevered through the hardships of life and the choices that first took then restored her family, even when she could not comprehend what God was doing.
"So many of us fail to see growth in our lives. We fail to see the character of Jesus in ourselves," Smith says. "We lose heart and feel hopeless because we miss the crucial lesson of perseverance."
Listen now and take that step of faith to cross those barriers keeping you from walking in courage, persistence and perseverance so that you may possess the promises of God in your life. Let God make your life a story of redemption and greatness!
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