“But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!” (Ruth 1:16-17, NLT)
Your attitude to life and most importantly to the things of God will inevitably determine your altitude. If you do not have a Godly attitude, you cannot have a governing attainment. The goal getters in life are not the parochial, myopic or the class of I can’t do it people. Success, breakthroughs, wisdom and knowledge do not come to the lazy ones but to those that are diligent in seeking him. A Godly attitude makes you better not bitter. Bitterness is of the devil and betterment is from God.
Attitude is about being different. It is popularly said that attitude is a small thing that makes a big difference.
Nobody ends where they start. Life is always a journey. In the journey of life, there will be peaks and troughs. You must be able to praise God not only for the destination but in the journey.
The problem in life is that people define you by where they met you. As long as you stay where they met you there is no problem. The moment you begin to make progress or even express the wish to make progress there is problem most especially when the progress becomes a reality.
God never gives us the minutiae of the process or the steps you need to take in detail. E.g. to Abraham—go to the land that I will show you and later on sacrifice Isaac on a mountain that I will show you.
Why would Ruth follow a woman:
- about to die
- that killed her husband and sons?
- and made her a widow
- to a country that she has never been to before
- not knowing if the people will accept her or not
- expecting nothing back in return
Ruth had capacity. Her sister in law did not have the same capacity—to endure the negative imagination and reality. “When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she ended the conversation.” (Ruth 1:18, GWT)
Capacity is the ability to do or experience something. You can measure capacity by a person’s ability to endure—mostly hardship. God has created every man with the capacity to reach his goal.
Man’s opinion or your life situation should not alter your capacity. The experience of life cannot cancel the capacity that God has placed in you. Ruth eventually gave birth to Obed, Obed to Jesse and Jesse to David.
You cannot become what you were born to be by remaining where you are neither will you change anything you are willing to tolerate. Any move towards your goal will expose all that does not belong in your life. Challenges are life’s wake up calls and alarm bells that awakens a man to the mediocrity of his life.
You must know how to live in between where you are and where you hope or you are supposed to be. In life we could be down here and hope to get up there and challenges erupt. What we do not realize is that sometimes this is proballein—put before you to lift you upward.
It will always take something from you to get to where you are expected to be in life. There is always a process before the purpose but you find out that people readily fall in love with the purpose without being prepared for the process.
When the Bible says, “ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!” (Isaiah 60:1, TAB)
As a child of God you need to arise and shine in wisdom—your ability to know what to say at the right time. A word that is suitable for a particular occasion. The words from the mouth of Ruth ended the conversation because it was apparent to Naomi that this widow’s mind is made up.
The reason why Ruth arose and shone was because of light—illumination i.e. there are certain things she knew and saw that Orpah did not know or see. Let us look at those things:
This is interchangeable in the life of the four principal characters in this story—Orpah, Ruth, Naomi and Boaz. At a time Orpah and Naomi saw their position or their situation not their purpose.
Always focus on the purpose in life. Position means nothing if you do not understand the purpose. If you understand the purpose, God will change your position to accomplish the purpose. It is the purpose that brings you to the position.
Whenever God promotes you, it is because he has you on a purpose. Everything that God gave to you are not really for you. It is because he has entrusted you with it for a purpose. Exodus 31:2-3
Until you are purpose driven, resources will be denied.
Why do you want what you want? The husband, the money, the car, etc.
Naomi and Elimelech saw the goodies of Moab but they never knew the perils associated with it. Orpah saw the immediate deplorable and hopeless situation in the family of Naomi. Many walk away from blessings because where they are does not look like what they envisage for their life.
Certain things that we lose in life are life lessons so that we do not depend on the arm of flesh.
Many people miss their real blessings in life because the conduit or connector does not have the right look. Some trample on their connector because they think such is beneath them.
Can you handle it—the pressure, anxiety, alienation, insecurities,…Do you feel uncomfortable with the opportunity that you revert to your old ways? Wherever you find yourself, manage it well. Ruth handled the situation that he encountered very well.
Adaptation is a necessity in life. This is your ability to manage the people, the problem, the pressures, the process. You forfeit the blessing when you are unable to manage the associated challenges.
No matter the situation, do not allow your emotions pull you away from your destiny. You have to manage your fears to be able to step into your blessings. Motivation is overrated. It is motion that gives rise to emotion. Motionlessness symbolizes absence of life. The moment there is motion, emotion follows.
Instead of waiting for an external source to motivate yourself, just do it and there will be emotion for motivation. No matter the talk about how delicious a particular food is, you have to taste it to like it.
If you do not begin in life, you can never become.
Sometimes, the things that God takes you through in life are for others. It is from what you go through that you know how to plead on their behalf.
Naomi knowing her situation decided to plead for Ruth by connecting her with a kinsman redeemer.
You should position yourself to be able to handle any form of resentment.
You will have to override your insecurity to step into your destiny. Stop building a house around your frailties.
At the appropriate time, Ruth revealed who she was and later on God revealed the baby in her womb through Boaz—the whole creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God.
No matter the challenges, you have to present what is in you—Psalm 82:5-7
A whole lot of times we are waiting on God not knowing that God is waiting on us. Stop waiting on others it is always up to you.
It is when you give yourself to what is challenging that the law of reciprocity kicks in: