Waiting With Emotion
“Now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask…” Ruth 3:11a
Waiting for God is one of the hardest parts of living. But choosing to believe that God will intervene can be even harder.
While we know that Boaz kept his word to Ruth and redeemed her in the end, we often don’t think about the wait. Even though Boaz had kept his word in the past, that was no guarantee to Naomi and Ruth that he would do so now. They had to trust him. Like all of us, I’m sure that they both had experienced devastating disappointment in people. Naomi’s husband moved his family to Moab to escape famine only to face death. Not only did Elimilech die, but so did his two sons, Mahlon and Kilion. Three women were left widows. Dire circumstances any time. Did Ruth worry? I don’t know, but I do know that I would at least be nervous.
We do the same thing with God. We translate our bad experiences with the past and with other people and assume that He is going to do the same to us. That is simply thinking in the flesh. We all do it. We are all guilty. And while God may not intervene when or how we’d like, will we choose to be faithful? His Name is Faithful and True. The book of Revelation states that when He returns for the Second Coming, He will have faithful and true written on His thigh. In the meantime, let us be found faithful. Faithful as we live. Faithful as we wait. Faithful as we rebuke the wrong place our emotions try to take us.
Sometimes my emotional landscape leads me down the wrong path because of past experiences. Renovate me from the inside out. And as You are Faithful and True, empower me to be faithful.In Jesus Most Holy and Precious Name, Amen