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Stick With What Has Proven to Work

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Ruth 1:16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

Things will not always happen in your timing, but stick with what has proven to work.   Given the blessings that were upon the people of Israel, when Ruth, the Moabites married the son of Naomi in Ruth 1, she would have expected great blessings to follow. However, what happened next was that her husband and brother-in-law died soon after and she was left childless. Naomi gave her the option to go back to her people, but in her response she made a powerful declaration to her, “your people will be my people and your God, my God.” Ruth could have gone her way like her sister in law Orpah did, but rather she made a decision to stick with Naomi even though the initial results were not what she expected because she knew that their God has been proven to work.

Her decision to stay the course yielded fruits as she became the wife of Boaz and with that came much wealth as well as being named in the lineage of Jesus. It is useful to note that while staying the course, Ruth adopted godly principles in the process which created the success that she desired. There are three lessons we can learn from Ruth. The first lesson is to identify a King in your environment to serve. After Ruth and Naomi returned to Israel she suggested to Naomi in Ruth 2:2 to allow her to go work in the field of Boaz. She was choosing to serve a king in her environment. It is through that King that her promotion came.  

The second lesson we can learn from Ruth is to expect things to change. In Ruth 2:2 when she asked Naomi’s approval to go and work in Boaz’s field, she declared to Naomi that she shall find favour in the eyes of Boaz. Things change when you expect them to. The final lesson you can learn from Ruth is to give your best to each endeavor. What impressed Boaz reapers the most about Ruth was that when she reached the field she gave it all her might. They reported to Boaz in Ruth 2:7 that Ruth worked from morning until evening and did not sit down once.  That is giving it your best, the reason it stood out so much to the reapers and Boaz was that such action is rare. Choose to be a standout in your environment by always giving your best.

Do not just jump ship because things have not gone the way that you expect, your response should be like that of Ruth, to stick with what is proven to work. In staying the course, align what you do to Godly principles that is what Ruth did.

Life Application: Stay the course by aligning your actions closer to Godly principles

Prayer: Dear Lord, align me to your principles and way. Help me to stick with what works best for me instead of being all over trying to do everything else. In Jesus name, amen.

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