I love Peter's experience of walking on the roaring sea with Jesus. But the thing is, Peter's story is often misunderstood. Do you have a step you need to take?
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God wants you more than you will ever know. God wants outcasts. He wants those that believe they have nothing more to offer. He wants those that seem utterly lost, alone and scared to move.
God wants your “more.” God wants you with Him this Christmas.
The Bible has a book dedicated to a young lady that changed the family tree of Jesus, forever. She was a Moabite, worshipping other gods and not one of His “chosen” people. Yet, when a family from Bethlehem came into town in search for food, she found herself married to an Israelite.
Israelites were not supposed to marry outside of their people. Perhaps these guys were chasing the wrong kind of “more” than they needed.
Her husband died a short time later. To make matters worse, her husband’s father and brother both passed away, all within a short amount of time. Her mother-in-law was bitter and simply wanted to return back to Bethlehem, her home – her security.
Two widows decided to look to Abba for more through their brokenness.
Yes, I am referring to the account of Ruth and Naomi. The brave account of Ruth’s desire to move away with her mother-in-law and willing to learn about God while leaving her comfort behind.
“Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.” But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her. (Ruth 1:15-18 NIV)
What good did Ruth see in our Abba from the account of Naomi? Naomi’s husband was dead. Her son’s were both dead. She was far away from home and extremely bitter. Why would Ruth choose to leave with her mourning mother-in-law to a people she did not belong?
I believe, just like the rest of us, that Ruth was searching for more. Ruth knew the life that she had in Moab simply did not satisfy. Did you notice how Ruth immediately calls Naomi’s god the Supreme God? (With a capital “G”!) I almost wonder if Ruth trusted God more in this moment than Naomi did.
Ruth wanted more.
Ruth wasn’t going to settle for less here on this earth.
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She needed Him to be more than what she already knew.
She risked her way of life to get to know God as more. It paid off big time.
Here is a snapshot from the last chapter in Ruth:
So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.” Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. (Ruth 4:13-17 NIV)
God used Ruth’s quest for something more to permanently insert her into the line of David – the line of Jesus and Savior of the world. She was not a part of His chosen people, yet that doesn’t stop God. He simply looks at the heart.
Ruth was simply searching for more. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined.
Bethany, My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts…And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8, 9 NLT)
Don’t settle for the lies that seem so easily to distract us this Christmas. To some, you may not think you are worth much. You may feel alone, rejected, broken and unwanted. But dear Child, if your heart is yearning for more, an abundant love like you simply can’t imagine – you are in luck. His name is Jesus and He will give you more than you could ever imagine. He has come to give us more life than we ever thought possible, and your sister Ruth is partly credited to thank for that I might add![tweetthis]Ruth was simply searching for more. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined. [/tweetthis]
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;but Bethany I have come so that you may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10 NIV)
Don’t settle for the lies, look to your identity in Him this Christmas and may you find Him…and through knowing Him oh so much more!
Hello and welcome to Step Out And Thrive Ministries! My name is Bethany Boring and I am proud to be called a child of God before any other title or role. I am a wife to Steve and a mom to 3 amazing boys. I enjoy writing for this Step Out And Thrive community and walking with you as we venture through the ups and downs of life together. I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor, Certified Human Behavioral Consultant (DISC Personality) and an author. As always - dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!