Beautiful words stir my heart. I will recite a lovely poem about the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.
In my two previous posts “THE LIFE JOURNEY 1 : THE ROAD BEHIND THE BEND” and “THE LIFE JOURNEY 2 : HAVE A VISION”, we all knew that we must have a vision which revealed by God. To reach the vision, we have to always rely on God and obey to His lead for only God knows our future. When we were faced many choices, only God knows the best choice for us. God has set our way according to His plan. In this case, we are also freely to choose: OBEY or REFUSED, BELIEVE or DOUBTING, REMAIN FAITHFUL on His way or DIVERGED. God doesn’t force us to follow, but if we joyfully obey to God then we will enjoy an abundant life with the fulfillment of His promises.
Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose. Psalm 25:12
Lot, Abram’s brother’s son followed Abram who called by God went to a place that God promised. God bless Abram and Lot so the country where they stay was no longer enough for both of them. Then Abram gave lot the opportunity to choose. “Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt….. So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan…..Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.” (Genesis 13:10-12)
What is wrong with Lot’s choice? Lot was choosing only based on his vision and simply by what he saw well. Lot didn’t ask his decision to God. Lot was choosing to live his life in a place that wasn’t pleasing God, namely: “Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.” (Genesis 13:13)
With that choice, Lot was bearing the risk to himself and to all of his family. Lot was experiencing what shouldn’t have happened, that is captive by the enemy and his property seized when the king of Sodom and Gomorrah was conquered by the king Chedorlaomer and his allies. Although at the time Abram was successfully set free Lot and his possessions, but at the end Lot remained lost everything, even his beloved wife became a pillar of salt when God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:1-29). All that he had built up over the years was vanished.
Once upon a time, famine struck Israel. Then Elimelech, a man of Bethlehem-Judah went to stay at the Moab area along with his wife Naomi, and his sons Mahlon and Chillion. The sons took woman of Moab as their wife. Mahlon married to Orpa and Chillion married to Ruth. Time goes by. Elimelech, Mahlon, and Chillion died. Naomi was alone in the foreign country and intended to return to the land of Judah. Orpa and Ruth who became a widow had no responsibility to continue follow Naomi. Finally Orpa chose to leave Naomi (Ruth 1:1-14). But when Naomi urged Ruth to go, this was the Ruth’s responsibility: 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…..” (Ruth 1: 16-17)
Oprah and Ruth, the two woman of Moab equally had the opportunity to choose the way of their future. Oprah chooses the option that was reasonable for her. But Ruth was taking a valuable choice that cannot be assessed and compared by anything. Her choice then made her met Boas. With Boas, Ruth give birth Obed and so on until Jesus Christ was born. It was a grace that received by Ruth because of her choice in the past. Her name written as family tree of the Savior. (Matthew 1:5)
Don’t choose just based on our own ideas. But “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverb 3: 5-6)
If right now you realized that you have been in the wrong way, don’t be discouraged. This is the God’s promise for you and me: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) Whatever has happened God is able to help and recover you and me.
For our next step, I hope that the following verse become our prayer and guidance to reap everything good in the future :
Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. (Psalm 86:11)
By: Sella Irene – Beautiful Words
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