Focus Passage: “In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah left his home and went to live in the country of Moab, taking his wife and two sons with him. The man’s name was Elimelech, and his wife was Naomi. Their two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in the land of Judah. And when they reached Moab, they settled there. Then Elimelech died, and Naomi was left with her two sons. The two sons married Moabite women. One married a woman named Orpah, and the other a woman named Ruth. But about ten years later, both Mahlon and Kilion died. This left Naomi alone, without her two sons or her husband.”
“Then Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had blessed his people in Judah by giving them good crops again. So Naomi and her daughters-in-law got ready to leave Moab to return to her homeland.” (Ruth 1:1-6, NLT)
Many times we lose faith when circumstances don’t look the way we expected them to. Fear can become a driving force that causes us to get stuck and be unproductive.
We need faith more than ever! “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV)
But to have faith, you must start hearing God’s words more than the enemy’s words. For “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17, NKJV)
Here are four truths that God’s Word says about you. Let them inspire you to keep faith!
- God has accepted you.
God knows who you were, who you are, and who you will be. You must believe Jesus has accepted and chosen you on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose.
“For you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9, NLT)
And God is not finished with you! He is still writing your story. Although it may look bad right now, you’re only a few chapters into the book, and you have many more to go.
Don’t question God’s purpose for your life based off of your current circumstances or past mistakes. You are the apple of His eye and you have been hand picked for His purpose.
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2, KJV)
- God has given you access.
Naomi had heard that God had blessed Judah, and she knew she needed to go back.
You may have left the church because of hurts or scars, but God still has a place for you in His family.
You must never forget that you have access, even when the enemy has tried to convince you that you are denied. The world will always try to limit your access, but with God, it’s unlimited.
God has given you access through Jesus to everything you need. Don’t allow your circumstances to change your view of your access to God.
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16, NLT)
- You must take action.
The Holy Spirit gives you power and boldness to take action and choose to live in a new beginning.
Only you can take action! The Holy Spirit will not force you to trust and depend on Him; it’s a personal decision to come back to His presence.
Make up your mind that you’re here to stay. Don’t allow situations to change your name to Mara (“bitter”) when you started out as Naomi (“pleasant”).
When you walk by faith in action, God moves on your behalf.
“Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:17-18, NKJV)
- God has given you authority.
Because Naomi’s husband and sons died, many would say she had no authority or provider.
It was easy for her to feel empty and defeated. “I went away full, but the Lord has brought me home empty. Why call me Naomi when the Lord has caused me to suffer and the Almighty has sent such tragedy upon me?” (Ruth 1:21, NLT)
But Naomi discovered that God had already set up a kinsman-redeemer named Boaz, who would choose to take care of not only Ruth, her daughter-in-law, but her as well.
Through this process, God gave her authority over discouragement and purpose in her circumstances. “Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy.” (Luke 10:19, NLT)
God’s Word says that when Jesus rose from the grave, He defeated all the powers of evil. That means that you, too, have authority in His Name.
You just need to trust Him and seek His will!
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21, NKJV)