Posted by: springsinthedesert | December 10, 2010

The Power Of Right Decision

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

              Revelation 3:20

On Wednesday, at our Bible study meeting, our pastor was teaching about the strong mindset in prayer and quoted the example of Ruth. He was explaining to us the strong decision Ruth made to follow her mother in law which later helped her to be in the ancestral line of David and thereby Jesus.

One verse from Ruth chapter 1 just struck me really hard and it was verse 14. Orpah kissed her mother in law…but Ruth clung to her. Both daughter-in-laws were facing the same situation…a great challenge.They were both widows…not certain about their future. But when given a choice, Orpah decided to go back to her family and her Gods…but Ruth took a bold decision to stay with Naomi.

The more I meditated on this scripture, the more I was intrigued by one thought. What if Orpah decided to stay  with Naomi, her mother-in law. Future would have been totally different for Orpah, isn’t it? Who knows…she would have been in the ancestral lineage of someone great just like Ruth….Books might have been named after her in the Bible…Years later, even now, people might have been teaching about her to generations…but only if she had clung to her decision to follow this God of Naomi. Now, when Ruth is being portrayed as a great woman, nothing much is mentioned about Orpah…just because of her one decision in life.

But what made Orpah take that decision to go back to her family? Her hopeless situation. She was a widow…There was nothing in her life which made her to cling to Naomi. There is no men in that family..and so a tough life ahead with great responsibilities. She was not ready for that challenging and uncertain future. So just like anybody else..she took the most practical decision…ie to go back.

Though Ruth took a bold decision to follow her mother-in law, her journey was not that easy. She walked with her aged mother-in law from Moab to Bethlehem…With the pain of leaving her family behind, fear of the uncertain future ahead, the anxiety of adjusting to a new culture and the burden of a huge responsibility, she walked one step at a time…towards Bethlehem. But things were well planned and reserved for her in the land of Bethlehem and she soon witnessed her victory in making the right decision.

Do you understand the importance of making the right decisions in life? In God’s kingdom, nothing will be forced upon you…We are given the choice..just like Orpah and Ruth. Most of the time, we are biased by the practical solutions of life and take decisions accordingly. We give more importance to our existence, our future, our benefits and thereby  lean onto our comfort zones. But the outcome of such decisions is that we miss out on many of the wonderful opportunities that God has planned for us in the land of abundance.

But even though you are uncertain about your next steps, if you take the decision to stand for this God and His will, steps might be hard at the beginning, but at the end you will rejoice in God’s wonderful ways of leading you to His purpose. Another verse that I love in this book of Ruth is that…”Ruth happened to come to the portion the field of Boaz”…and later not only became the owner of the field, but the grandmother of David. When you take the decision to cling to this God of Israel, some things happen in your life…you happened to be in the field of this nearest Kinsman, named Jesus, you happened to be an owner of all the inheritance He has given you through the cross, you happened to be in the great lineage of God’s chosen, you happened to be one among God’s family…and that is a great privilege. What is your decision today? To return to your past life..or to cling to this God?

In Him,

Rani John

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  1. Clinging to Him today, Rani! Thank you for this wonderful encouragement! May He encourage you as you so faithful lift us! love, deb

  2. Hi Rani,

    I followed you from Deb’s page. Your message speaks to me in a very real way today.

    This quote has my brain a -whirring “Do you understand the importance of making the right decisions in life? In God’s kingdom, nothing will be forced upon you…We are given the choice..just like Orpah and Ruth. Most of the time, we are biased by the practical solutions of life and take decisions accordingly. We give more importance to our existence, our future, our benefits and thereby lean onto our comfort zones. But the outcome of such decisions is that we miss out on many of the wonderful opportunities that God has planned for us in the land of abundance. ”

    Sometimes the present station in life clouds my ability to see beyond the now. Ruth could have chosen a different path and the Messiah would still have come (from the lineage of another) but her decision to trust what she could not see earned her a place of future grace and favour.

    Thanks again for sharing

    Learning to trust Him while I wait.
    ann


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