For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. –Ruth 1:16 ESV
Every day we face so many choices. What to wear? What to eat? How to prioritize the to-do list? Then, there are those every-once-in-a-while choices. You know, the ones that involve the pros and cons lists…the ones that lead to a whole new direction in life.
The Bible is full of both types of choices. In Ruth’s example, she stood at a major crossroad in her life. Having lost her husband, what was she to do next? Should she follow her mother-in-law, Naomi, to Judah? Or should she return to Moab, where her family and life has always been?
But Ruth said, “For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” (Ruth 1:16-17, ESV) What choice(s) are you facing right now? In the midst of possibilities and questions and worry, STOP:
Seek God first. Matthew 6:33
Trust His plan. Jeremiah 29:11
Obey Him in faith. John 14:23
Praise Him for leading you. Psalm 63:4
When we STOP, we are declaring God is true and faithful and just.
- Thank God that He is full of faithfulness and justice.
- Ask Holy Spirit to give you the grace to STOP and make a radical change if He asks you to!