Our ladies’ Bible study “5 Habits of a Woman Who doesn’t Quit” (from the life of Ruth, just concluded. We were asked by our teacher, Claudia Shirk, to share what we took home from these lessons. As I thought back, there were actually several ways I could identify with Ruth. Her husband died, she left her home and family, (I did this when we entered the ministry), the waiting Ruth did (I, and probably most of you have done this many times). Yes, life can be tough and we probably can think of all kinds of reasons to justify quitting, but they are not justified by scripture.
The author, Nicki Koziarz, encouraged us to “stay open to the movement of God, to what God is trying to do in our lives.
Ruth 2:12 says: “May the Lord reward you for what you have done, and may you receive a full reward from the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”
I love the last 8 words of this verse.
Ps. 91:4 also says, “He will cover you with His feathers, you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.”
Do you see it? This is why we don’t have to quit when going through those difficult situations in our lives. Instead of running away, we can run to our refuge; to the One who remains faithful to us even when we are not faithful to Him. He is our shield. He will protect us while we are going through any difficulty.
It is such a blessing to live under His covering during the good times as well as the hard times. So, rather than trying to control my own life, I want to be open to what plans God may have for me and even when things may not make sense; I want to be content where I am, accept what is going on and what God is doing, and feel and know the blessings of being under God’s wings. There is no greater place to be.
One other verse that meant so much to me is Isa. 43:19
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert.”
There have been several “wilderness” experiences I have gone through (I’m sure you have, too); but God has always provided those streams in the desert. As He has been faithful to me in the past He will be in the future. His faithfulness never runs dry. May our faithfulness to Him never run dry as we “Hang tight” and at the end of our life be able to say,
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” II Tim. 4:7