Sunday, July 30, 2006

More Lessons From Ruth

Ruth's response to Naomi's commands: All that you say to me I will do.

Couple that with all we know of Ruth: her sacrificial living, her faithfulness to Naomi, her kindness, and her willingness to work hard. She has left it all behind -- home, family, culture, and gods -- to serve Naomi and her God.

Now hear those words again. Listen to her tone of voice as she speaks. All that you say to me I will do.

Could her mother-in-law have been more pleased? Can you hear the gentleness, the devotion, the loyalty, the love in those precious words? These are words of a woman who has realized that nothing she would scheme could possibly be better. She would gladly obey, no matter what.

Our dear Father is longing to hear those same words every day, from you, from me. For those same reasons. Nothing I would scheme could possibly be better.

"Lord, make my life like Ruth's, full of sacrifice, faithfulness, kindness, and hard work. And may my love and devotion to You be seen daily as I take up my cross and follow, breathing words of love that say, 'All that You say to me I will do.' Let me bless Your heart today and always as I walk in obedience, joyfully and willingly."


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