All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character….(Ruth 3:11).
Sadly, I have spent much of my life contemplating the thought, “What’s in it for me?” Sometimes I have a difficult time prioritizing the needs of someone else when it rubs up against what I believe is best for me. However, for any relationship to thrive we must always be seeking to put the needs of someone else above our own. As both parties do this, we care well for the other person, because our greatest priority is not the person staring back at us in the mirror, but the individual who God has given us to love.
I don’t think this is ever easy because it’s not our nature. Our nature is to think of ourselves more highly than we ought. It’s to make our own needs, desires, dreams and wants a greater priority. If Jesus would have done that we’d all still be dead in our sins. God always blesses those who are willing to lay down their life for the betterment of someone else. The problem is that we don’t trust God. We don’t believe He’ll pull through for us so we plow ahead, taking matters into our own hands instead of prioritizing the needs of someone else.
God never works faster through our own hearts vain attempts at manipulation. God always works when our hearts are at rest as we wait for His promises to be fulfilled. Ruth was a woman of noble character because she was hard working, a woman of high integrity and because she prioritized the needs of someone else above her own. She wore no crown, but she was a highly praised woman. Not for her title or her outward successes, but because she lived as a woman who met the needs of others with a heart that fully trusted in the Lord.
She took initiative when it came to the promises of God and the Lord blessed her greatly. I don’t think we take much initiative in our faith because we just don’t know what God’s word says, so we ride the wave of our emotions instead.
If you want to see God work in your life, start lifting up others to make yourself less than. Then join God on the road of redemption as you side with Him on the promises found in His word. Running ahead of God only creates a chaotic heart, but the person who rests in God’s stillness for the changing of their own heart starts to see with eyes that have been made new through the love of God. When we are finally able to see with God’s eyes, we can be made new in His vision for our lives as we submit fully to His love. I think sometimes we’re afraid to do this because we worry that we’ll begin to lose part of ourselves and the desires of our heart. When I think the opposite happens. As we give up, we gain more of God’s heart. We give Him greater access to our hearts and grant Him a greater role in our lives to pour out His blessings
The problem I often see with my own heart is that I just want what I want when I want it and sometimes have a hard time submitting to God’s timeline. There’s a beautiful tension that happens when we lay ourselves down as a living sacrifice before God. His grace meets us as we rise and go with Him as He takes our hand and walks with us on the road of redemption.
Lord, I want to be a woman of noble character. Help me to fully trust you as I lay my life down as a living sacrifice. Lord, I submit to your goodness in my life. You make a way in the wilderness and truly Lord, I trust you with all of me, in Jesus name, Amen.