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Recently, I did an in depth study of Ruth, and I remember thinking “I pray to find a man like Boaz, and I seek to be like Ruth,” and that was when I went through a self-examination of my heart. I then began to work on weeding out things that hindered my obedience to God, I began to ask for conviction, and I adopted the “Where you go, I will go” mentality, for that same mentality is what gave Ruth reward.
I do not not adopt that mentality in hopes for “only a husband,” but in hopes to grow closer to God.
But Ruth said:
““Entreat me not to leave you,
Or to turn back from following after you;
For wherever you go, I will go;
And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
Your people shall be my people,
And your God, my God.” Ruth 1:16
Yes, my biggest desire is to be a wife and a mom, but my ultimate desire is to be close to God, to grow in God, and to be more of the woman He needs and wants me to be, and I cannot do that if I am not willing to move when He says “Go.” Ruth did not find Boaz with a broken relationship with God, but with a strong one, and Ruth did not find Boaz with a discontented heart, but with a heart of obedience.
Therefore, I seek to be like Ruth so that I may continue to thrive in radiance, joy, and obedience in God, for all things work out for those who love Him. When we disobey God, we are only prolonging our growth and we stunt ourselves, which is what I do not want. I do not wish to be stagnant, but I wish to move forward, to move closer to grace, and to move closer to Jesus; therefore, where God goes, so do I.
Wherever God leads me, I go without grumbling.
Wherever God leads me, I go with no questions asked.
Wherever God guides me, I will trust Him and His abilities.
Wherever God goes, so do I.
In 2019, women seek to “go their own way” or “march to the beat of their own drum,” but that is not how I want to live. I seek God’s way, I seek full obedience to God regardless of tragedy or despair, and I seek to make God known rather than hidden. Women wonder where God is for He seems to be “distant” or “far away,” but what women do not realize is that when we fall away from God and choose to walk our own way, we are the ones who distant ourselves from God; not the other way around.
“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.” Lamentations 3:25
Many women say “I want a man like Boaz,” but how many women will put in the work to be like Ruth? Do women think that Boaz fell in love with Ruth for just her countenance? No, for he fell in love with her obedience, her love for God, and for her devotion to God. She stayed faithful through tragedy, she grew stronger when she lost everything, and she listened rather than grumbling. How many women are willing to be still and listen? Many single women focus more on the man than ourselves, which can prolong the waiting period. You must examine yourself, you must look at yourself, you must ask for conviction, you must step out of your comfort zone and and “Go” even when you do not want too, and you must have unshakable faith with God.
If Ruth sat around and only focused on what she wanted, then she would not have found Boaz, but due to her making sure she was strong in God and being obedient, she found favor with Boaz. Therefore, right now, I focus on my walk with Christ, I focus on making God my number one priority, and I focus on being obedient and loyal to God, and if Mr. Right comes into the picture, then that will be great, but if he does not enter my life now, then I still trust God, for God never fails me, God never leaves me, and God thinks hope for me.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall ]direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
If God can bring Ruth and Boaz together, then I know God can do it again, and I have faith in God’s ability, so I do not worry about the “when, how, or where,” for I trust in Him, so right now, I thrive in God, I thrive in the presence of the Lord,, I thrive in His joy, I thrive in hope, and I strive to grow stronger so that I might be more of the woman He wants me to become.
“O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1
God’s love is a consuming fire, my heart continuously hungers for Him the moment I go to sleep to the moment I wake up. My life is centered around Him, all I do is for Him, and all I am is for Him, so why would I doubt God with my future? God knows my heart’s desires, so I lay it in His hands, but in the meantime, I will continue to fall even more in love with Jesus everyday, I will continue to be more obedient to God, to become more uncomfortable so that I might grow even more, and I choose to continue to trust the one who said “It was finished,” for He declared victory and has conquered death.
Ruth isn’t just a wonderful love story, but Ruth is a book that women should aspire to be, for when you trust God, all things work out in the end. When you are obedient to God, the waiting period will not be as long as it would when you were restless, and when you are obedient and reverent to the Lord, He is able work more in your life for you are giving Him full and complete control.
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Ruth shows us that when we lay ourselves down at the feet of Jesus and declare Him our God, God will be able to use us for His purpose by leading us towards open doors and to His promises, but you should not be obedient to God only to “obtain something” or else you weren’t truly following God, for following God requires complete sacrifice. Though God blessed those who love Him, we should follow Him with no strings attached, we should follow Him for we want too, not because of an ultimatum, and we should still thrive in joy in Him even if we were to lose everything.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
Ruth’s most powerful words were “Wherever you go, I will go,” and though she was speaking to Naomi, I say the same thing to God. Wherever God goes, so do I, and I seek to trust Him in the unknown, for He is the same today as He is tomorrow, so I do not worry about what my future holds, for I have Jesus, I have everlasting joy, and I have freedom, so no matter what battle, pain, or tragedy comes my way, it will not take away my joy, for I have God, and with God I will not fall.
God is faithful,
God is Just,
God is merciful,
God will never fail us,
God will never leave us,
And no matter what Satan says, God’s promises still, and will always, stand strong and firm through the unknown, and with that truth, I choose to be obedient to the one who saved my soul, to the one who thinks hope for my future, and to the one who died for me even though I did not deserve it.
That is what Ruth did; she stayed faithful, for she knew that she did not deserve God’s love, yet He still loved her, and He loves us the same, so in return for God’s endless love and mercy, I go wherever He goes, and I will stay wherever He says, for He is with me, He is Mighty, and He will never lead me to disaster, but He will lead me to green pastures.
That is Ruth,
That is the woman I want to be.
That is the woman we should all be,
And then, as you are consumed with the love of God, you just might find your Boaz who is just as in love with Jesus as you are.