Chapter Three: Keep the Faith
Bible Reading: Ruth 1:16-18
16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.
Chosen Notes From Chapter:
- When events in life get harder, that’s when our faith must run deeper.
The above underlined Bible scripture got me thinking. Imagine having a friend so true to say all that. A friend like that is truly a great gift.
- We get frustrated with God because we’re doing all the “right” things, but we aren’t seeing any of the results we expect. It’s even more difficult when you see the people around you prospering and you feel like God doesn’t see your effort. We have to realize that just because God isn’t showing up in the way we want, it doesn’t mean He’s not showing up. He can use anything to teach us; struggle just happens to get our attention the quickest.
- Don’t let discouragement block your blessing. Just because it doesn’t look like God is working for you doesn’t mean your commitment isn’t paying off.
When I didn’t understand why things weren’t working the way I wanted, I needed to think ahead and focus on hope. We must continue to stay in His will even when we feel we’re out of His vision.
Questions to Ask Yourself:
Have you ever started a diet or self-improvement program? What were the results? How did you remain motivated during the process?
What are you hoping God will change for the better in your life?
What have you remained committed to even though the results haven’t been evident? Why?
What has made you give up in the past? What will make you stay faithful now?