When Life Feels Monotonous and the Future Questionable - Ruth


 God has not called me to be successful, He called me to be faithful.
—Mother Teresa

If anybody understands, it would be Ruth. When her husband died, instead of returning home and starting again, she chose the harder path of traveling and taking care of her mother-in-law.

It was hard work. Each day looked the same. There was nothing but routine. But Ruth is the epitome of obedience as she stayed the course, determined to make the most of it, and grateful for every act of kindness along the way.

Fast-forward to the end of the story, and we see how our good and loving Father takes a situation so broken and hopeless, and blesses Ruth beyond her wildest dreams. Not only does she cross paths with Boaz—the family’s kinsman-redeemer—who was able to protect her, redeem her, and to everyone’s surprise, love and marry her.

But later, she was blessed with a son, who would take on the family name and needs, and take care of them (Naomi included) throughout their whole lives. And although Ruth would have no way of knowing this in her lifetime, ultimately, she became the great-grandmother of King David, which put her in the family line of Jesus. What a magnificent ripple effect!

If we could fast-forward to the end of our story and see how our good and loving Father blessed us beyond our wildest dreams, would we have need to doubt today? The obvious answer is no, so what are your fears and doubts? List them out, lay them down before the Lord today, and resolutely decide that this is the day you will choose hope and obedience over fear and doubt.

Because we may not always understand the challenges we face in this world, the future may not always look promising, and the day-to-day grind can seem pointless. But just as God has always done and promises to do, He will make a way and He promises that He will fulfill His purposes for our lives.

When we choose to remain hopeful and obedient, even when it’s easier to give into doubt and our sin, there’s a ripple effect that not only impacts our life—but generations to come. Truly, our God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Let’s believe that... as we walk faithfully ahead in the monotony and in the questioning.

This means God's holy people must be patient. They must obey God's commands and keep their faith in Jesus.
Revelation 14:12


Ordinary faithfulness leads to extraordinary impact.
—Matthew Barnett

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Julie has been inspiring children, youth, and women as a speaker, teacher, silent retreat leader, author and mentor for over 30 years. She was the Director of Women's Bible Studies at Eagle Brook Church, is a certified Spiritual Director and the owner of Heart Matters Publishing Company. She is an alumnus of Bethel University and Christos Center for Spiritual Formation. As an author she has written Bible Study Curriculum and Devotionals, including her latest collaboration, Whispers of God's Grace. Julie draws on her wide range of life experiences, humor and love of God's Word and His creation for her writing. When she is not writing, you will find her absorbed in a good book, puttering in her garden or dreaming of France. Julie and her husband, Rey, live in White Bear Lake, MN and are the parents of two grown sons, Erik and Kyle.




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