Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6
Walking by faith not sight and with patience endurance can be, dare I say, not for the weak. But praise Him it’s in the weak that His glory can glow brightest!! (2 Cor. 12:9) Remember in Ruth when Naomi returns home the ENTIRE TOWN was excited for her arrival (Ruth 1:19)! This was at least ten years after she had left with no email, calls, facebook updates… yet she was joyfully remembered and welcomed back into town! She must have been quite a women that Naomi!
However not even the whole towns excitement at her return could lift her spirits because such great tragedy had been allowed into her life. She says in Ruth 1:20 do not call me Naomi instead call me Mara which means bitter. Bitterness can be spiritual cancer can’t it. When God first tells us in Scripture that His name is Jehovah Rapha or the God Who Heals, it’s in Exodus when He is healing the bitter drinking water. He is the cure for bitterness if we will allow Him to message our “stiff necks” so that we can look up and fix our eyes (Heb. 12:2) on our Heavenly Healer.
It’s under His mighty wings that we can find strength to rise again! May the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done. Ruth 2:12 This is what Boaz said to Ruth when he had heard of her kindness to Naomi (her mother in law). Ruth displayed available obedience.
In Acts 1:4, 8 we are reminded that Jesus had told His disciples not to leave Jerusalem until the Father sent the Holy Spirit. That was their equipping to do a job way beyond them. I think God looks for the one who is willing to just be obediently available. His work is way beyond us so we are wise not to move until we know it’s His Spirit within us leading. It is possible to have wandered so far off on our own like Sampson that we wake up and find we completely drifted from His plan onto ours and His equipping is no longer being infused within us! (Judges 16:20)
Even if we can trust He will equip we can trip up when our timing and His do not seem to align. Let’s look again at the Israelite’s in Exodus. In 32:1 the Israelite’s feel Moses has been gone up the mountain meeting with God for so “LONG” yet when God refers to the same span of time He says how “QUICKLY” the people fell away (32:8)! Isaiah 30:18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
Thriving in a plan we cannot see and often do not understand and entails events way beyond us and often times that occur NOT on our timeline requires us to TRUST the faithful Planner. But how?!
1 Cor. 10:1-6 reminds us of the things that happened to this group in the past so that we will not crave evil, we are to crave Him with all our heart and soul (Duet. 2:29). I’m thinking we should never find ourselves spiritually satisfied. Our God is infinite, my reach for Him should always extend past that which I have already grasped! Confidence in His character I think increases with our obedience which requires trust and that’s when we experience His faithfulness and our faith in Him thus increases.
Read 1 Samuel 18:1-4. Johnathan, Saul’s son, the logical next in line to become king, recognizes God’s plan to have David take the throne following his father instead of him. Instead of questioning God’s plan he fully submits and trusts God’s choosing and gets behind God’s choice for king. Johnathan seals this pact by giving David his royal garments. David fixing his eyes on his friend stripped of his royal robes for his sake I imagine would have been humbled beyond thought. When we fix our eyes on Jesus what has He clothed us in? What garments has He given us?
Isaiah 61:10 I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels. THIS is how I can trust His plan. 2 Cor. 5:21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 1 John 4:10 This is real love-not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. He has a love for me I don’t deserve or understand and did nothing to earn. He died in my place to offer me a room in His eternal Kingdom. I don’t understand that, so what makes me think I’m going to understand the plan for my life traveling this earth to get there! I can’t, so I trust.
Jesus please ever increase my faith and trust in You. I praise You for fully equipping the called, for being the victorious Master Planner (that’s always right on time), Who can heal all my hurts, and may You find me to be willingly and obediently available for Your plan!
Naomi didn’t give up on her God… and you know what!? By chapter 4 her daughter in-law Ruth has a child that delights Naomi’s heart and he is none other than the grandfather of king David himself in the line of which Jesus comes!! Who would have thought all her bitter tragedy could have ended like this?!
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now all glory to God, who is able through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
Let’s stick to plan “TRUST”!
Independent Read: Phil. 4:6, 1:6, Psalm 73:26, Romans 15:13, John 3:16, 2 Cor. 5:7