Ruth’s story begins with a tragedy that leads her on a journey that would change her life. She loses everything, and yet, instead of wallowing in her grief, she puts it aside to help Naomi, who was bitter against God and life for the cruelty she had suffered. The journey from Moab to Israel was not pleasant. They faced famine and death, and through it all, Ruth listened patiently and served Naomi’s needs.
We often times buck against someone in authority over us when they are trying to give us correction because we do not like their tone of voice or the words they chose or the point of the message they are conveying. These hard-lesson moments could be what set us on a life-changing journey if we listen and serve. We can learn from Ruth’s wisdom. We can hear our leaders, trust God to make the changes in us, and see His will come through our lives. He did it for Ruth quite literally; Jesus was born from Ruth’s descendants.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalms 46:10 NKJV)
So often, we can interpret the phrase “Be still, and know that I am God” as an invitation to take a break. Rest is a good thing—who doesn’t like a little extra sleep or some time to read a book? God wants us to rest in Him, but that rest does not necessarily mean a vacation to a tropical destination; sometimes, resting in God means reflecting on His Word.
This Scripture reminds me that it is important to take time to pray and to reflect upon how God’s Word effects and changes my world. When I discipline myself to remember and apply Scripture, I begin to see the negative aspect of my soul fall away.
Instead of thinking about all the things that are going wrong in my world, I begin to see all that God has done. I move from my natural inclination to think negatively to an unnatural desire to dwell on the positive. I am reminded of the bigger picture God has for me and my life, and this reminder helps me to refocus upon my purpose within God’s framework.
The results of being still and knowing He is God is improved health in every way—from physical to spiritual. My thoughts are positive, my emotional state is healthy, I am physically ready to move forward into the next phase of God’s plan, and I am spiritually reconnected to my God.
How often do we play the victim card? It is almost too easy.
We feel mistreated by a business that refuses us their service for one reason or another, so we run to the media saying that we have been victimized!
We hear on the television that this medication can help with these symptoms—symptoms we never had until we saw it on television and subconsciously applied them to our lives. In an instant, we have diagnosed ourselves and immediately believe that we need to be on that medication.
Then there are those every day moments in life when someone who does not work as hard as us or is not as kind as us gets that promotion or the new opportunity to advance in life, and we are left thinking that we have been the victim of favoritism.
Criminals get away with violent crimes because psychologists claim they are mentally ill and need to be cured, thus they are not punished for their crimes; yet we suffer a speeding ticket, so we are the victim.
All of these scenarios show us one thing: Life is not fair nor shall it ever be. We live in a terribly fallen world where evil wins, good men do not advance, and bad behavior is justified.
Despite all of this, God is still supreme. He is still the supernatural God over the entire universe. When we believe in Him and have FAITH, there is little room in our lives for us to pick up the victim card. God’s calling is accompanied with ample promises to equip us for what is ahead. Faith means that we face daily struggles and push onward toward the great calling of God.
· We get to church but then we are anxious to go home.
· We get the new job but then we don’t like the boss.
· We get the breast enhancement but within weeks, believe that we’ve overdone it.
· We get the new house/new car but it’s not so new now/too costly now.
We can only live in this lifestyle for so long before something inevitably breaks. The prodigal son is a great example. He was restless; he wanted to take his inheritance and live it up, so to speak. What he failed to realize as he spent his inheritance was that his lifestyle was only available because of his father’s hard work and blessing. The son’s biggest mistake is that he left his father’s house before he was ready to take responsibility of his life.
Restlessness at its core is not a good thing. The prodigal’s restlessness led to more than just the loss of all his money. He also lost his dignity, his family, his friendships, and his self-respect. Instead of giving into his restlessness and running off, the prodigal could have asked his father for advice. His father likely would have set him straight.
If you are feeling restless, pause! Don’t jump irrationally into something new. Stay in the House! Seek advice from your spiritual fathers and mothers and let them and God guide you.
These days, children are more aware of trends and fashion, and putting money aside to cater to their fashion needs helps children establish friendships and confidence. It is horrible for children to be ignored or tormented at school due to their out of style clothing. This ridicule opens children up to feelings of low esteem and rejection, the latter being the emotion that most people fear the most.
Although it isn’t right for children to reject and torment other children in this way, it is also not right for us as parents to walk in ignorance of the pressures that our children face today. We all want to be accepted and to feel good about ourselves. In this situation as with all other parenting dilemmas, balance is the key. You don’t want your child to be spoiled, but you also want them to know that you care about how they are treated and how they feel about their appearance.