Finally, the long awaited decision and step.
Thank God for Naomi. Thank God the devil didn’t deceive her into thinking she’s doomed forever.
No matter how hard life has beaten you, you can still arise… arise and return home.
A day also came in the life of the prodigal son when he decided to arise and return.
I don’t know how many thoughts ran through her mind before this time. But we see something that influenced her decision – she had heard in the country of Moab how the Lord had visited His people in giving them bread.
What do you give your ears to?
The times we live in are really trying times. Filled with lots of stories of woes and problems. Do you always sit in front of the television, filling your ears and heart with all these scary stories?
Not that you should be unaware of things happening around you.. But do you feed more on them… than on the truth from God’s word? Truth that gives life and hope. You see how the testimony Naomi heard sprung her to rise up and return.
The word of God is filled with good news. Stories of how God showed up and delivered His people. Just like we’re studying in this book of Ruth.
Such stories will strengthen your mind to rise up, return and get rooted in God and His promises.
And for you who’s been experiencing God’s favour and mercy, have you been sharing it with others. Do you know that someone needs to hear your story to return to God?
And my goodness! What she heard – how that the Lord has visited His people…
God never fails in visiting his people. In verse one, when they walked away from Bethlehelm-judah, it didn’t occur to them that verse 6 would come.
After the famine comes the feasting. I wish they remembered… how God always came through to supply His people bread. They’ll have held on. And not lose their lives in Moab.
But, so it went. Those that keep trusting God through the famine will enjoy the feast afterwards. We’ll later read of how the people plant and enjoy bountiful harvest… that other people can even come and gather. Like in Boaz farm.
Dear sis, hold on. Don’t give up on God. He’ll visit you with bountiful fruits soon.
And give you bread. Bread made in heaven.
So, Naomi heard this great news, and arose. As you read of God’s goodness in Ruth’s life, and those of other people, I pray it inspires you to arise too.
But you might be wondering… I know I’m seated in a big mess. Lost in Moab. Empty and worn out. I want to rise like Naomi did. I’ve tried to get out of this shackle previously, but I don’t just know how to rise up from this mess.”
God’s word is filled with different ways God instructs and expects His children to arise.
How God Expects You To Arise
Arise and be Free: Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. (Isaiah 52: 2)
I don’t know the dust you’re seated in… the shains you’re bound in. Dust and chains hurt, shame, unforgiveness, lies, immorality, poor self esteem, addictions, wrong relationships, peer pressure, failure… whatever.
The dust has so painted your skin that you can hardly recognise you. Arise.
Jesus wants to save and set you free. But you must arise and come to Him for pardon and forgiveness. And when He forgives you, don’t go back to the dust of self-pity and depression. You need to forgive yourself too.
Loose the bands of blame, hurt from what’s been done to you, and how dirty your past has been… and walk in the freedom that Christ Jesus makes available for you. “For there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.”
Arise and Depart: Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction. (Micah 2:10)
There are places and things you shouldn’t dwell in if you’re on a journey to Radiance. And what are some of those things: bad habits, unhealthy associations and friendships, defiling resources (books, videos, audios), unedifying gatherings, etc.
I’m sure you’ve heard of stories of good, bright ladies who entangled themselves with wrong friends that lured them into attending a harmless party, introduced them to guys… and even had their drinks drugged. And they got raped. Arise and depart, else sore destruction will follow.
Arise and Build: Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD. (1 Chronicles 22: 19)
God created us to be co-builders with Him. He’s entrusted something in your hands that will be beneficial to building a sanctuary for Him.
Not just the physical sanctuary of houses where we go to worship… He wants us to be instrumental in building lives. People. Living sanctuaries for Him.
What are you sowing into the lives of those around you? Looking at the life of Naomi and Ruth, we see women who built lives, generations, destinies… a divine lineage. Naomi’s life was so impressive, so inspiring to her daughters-in-law, so captivating… that when she arose, her daughters-in-law arose with her.
May God make our lives so radiant and attractive that it will compel those around us to rise up, and become radiant too.
Arise and Shine: Arise and shine (Isaiah 60: 1) Ye are the light of the world… That’s why we call ourselves Radiant Girls! Shine! At home, school, neighbourhood, church, place of work, career, everywhere and in everything you dp… shine. Be radiant. Don’t settle for the bottom.
Arise and shine. Be the light the world needs to see – to see Christ, see truth, and see aright – in these dark times.
- Check the things you listened to today. Were they more of good or bad news? Do you read more of God’s word to fill your heart with good news?
- Look for a bible reading plan that will help you study the Bible more and set an action plan to follow through.
- In what ways does God what you to ARISE – as discussed above? Ask Him for the grace to rise up and look ahead towards the bright future He has in store for you.