'Then she said, "Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day."' Ruth 3:18 NKJV
Words we hear and can’t abide by most of the time. The world is moving and evolving by the second. There are new trends, new ways of doing things, living, and being. If we remain still, the world will move on without us.
Are we of the world?
'For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: "In returning and rest, you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength." But you would not,' Isaiah 30:15
To abide in Christ is to rest in His finished work on the cross. One can only abide when the truth of Christ’s work dwells deep in him or her. We cannot make room for God to speak if we live for ourselves.
Naomi knew Boaz. He wouldn’t rest until he got to the bottom of the matter, to marry or not marry Ruth. God predestined us, knowing our end from our beginning. He has concluded every issue that pertains to us. Our High Priest is standing before God, interceding for us, and He left us His Spirit. God is also not resting. We are to choose who or what to follow. We may decide to chase after life and its dubious pleasures; or become God-seekers.
Nobody else can do it for us. Ruth had choices to make, she made the right one’s, and her life speaks till today. We have the Holy Spirit, to advise and mentor us on truth. To guide and lead us on the way to go, to teach us to know God. Every individual has to answer for his or her life.
Quietness and confidence.
The characteristics above are the traits of one that abides in Christ. You can’t get them with money, power, or fame, see David before Goliath. What of Daniel in the Lion’s den? Noah lived in an ark above the flood, while others perished in it. Jesus walked on water, while his disciples cowered in fear.
How about you in the face of life’s problems? Are you quiet, and confident, because you know who you carry within? I pray that we can be still and wait on God, not for now alone, but always. In every decision we make, and in everything we do. For the lives of sons must testify to the glory of God.
Till next time, be transformed!!