Counting the Cost: The Power of Decisions

Ruth Bible Study 6

It’s easy to make promises when everything is going smoothly, but it’s in the face of adversity that our words truly reveal their strength. Today, we delve into a pivotal moment in Ruth’s story, where her resolve and commitment are put to the ultimate test. Ruth 1: 10-14.

The Vow That Was Tested

Do you remember when both daughters-in-law declared, “Surely we will return with you to your people”? It was a moment of emotional fervor, driven by their love for Naomi. However, what came next would reveal the authenticity of their commitment.

Naomi, sensing the weight of responsibility, decided to share the harsh reality of their future. She asked them, “Why will you go with me? Are there any more sons in my womb who could be your husbands?” She laid bare the challenges that awaited them—no guarantee of marriage or security.

Silence hung heavy in the air as their dreams collided with the harsh truth. Oprah’s choice soon became evident: she kissed Naomi and turned back. Her love for herself and personal ambitions overshadowed her commitment. She sought a life of predictable outcomes, desiring marriage and security according to her own plans.

But Ruth, with a different perspective, clung to Naomi. Her decision went beyond the surface-level desire for a husband. There was something deeper compelling her, something we’ll explore in our next study.

Decisions That Shape Destinies

In that crucial moment, both women chose diverging paths, setting the course for their different destinies. Oprah’s decision to turn back highlighted a common tendency—to take life into our own hands instead of entrusting it to God.

To lead a fruitful life, we must be willing to recklessly abandon ourselves to God’s guidance. It means declaring, “God, I will follow You blindly wherever You lead.” That’s the cost of true discipleship.

Jesus Himself emphasized the importance of counting the cost before following Him. He asked His followers to be willing to let go of everything—family, possessions, even their own lives—for the sake of His call. Surrendering control and trusting His lead is a vital aspect of the journey.

What Decisions Are You Making Today?

Consider the decisions you’re making right now. Are you ready to surrender all to Jesus? Will you trust Him even when His plans seem unconventional or uncertain? Are you willing to boldly say, “Anywhere with Jesus, I can safely go”?

Orpah’s choice to walk away marked the end of her story. She may have found earthly comforts, but she missed out on playing a role in a remarkable divine legacy. On the other hand, Ruth’s unwavering commitment opened doors of eternal significance.

Today, the choice is yours. Will you choose the path of self-designed desires, or will you embrace God’s plan for your life?

Or will this Betty Scot Stam’s prayer be yours as well: Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes, all my own desires and hopes, and accept Your will for my life. I give myself, my life, my all utterly to You to be Yours forever. Fill me and seal me with Your Holy Spirit. Use me as You want, send me where You want, work out Your whole will in my life at any cost, now and forever. No one promises you’ll have an easy journey when you take this path of following God’s plan for your life. Chapter 1 wasn’t easy for Ruth.

Remember, the journey won’t always be easy, just as Chapter 1 wasn’t easy for Ruth. But when you align yourself with God’s purpose, the story continues. There will be chapters 2, 3, and 4—a time when you’ll marvel at how far you’ve come, exceeding abundantly beyond what you could have asked or imagined.

It’s time to count the cost and make decisions that shape your destiny. Embrace God’s plan for your life, and let the remarkable chapters unfold.

Action Points

Reflect on Your Commitment: Take a moment to evaluate your commitment to following God’s plan for your life. Are you truly willing to surrender your desires and trust Him completely? Reflect on the areas where you may still be holding back.

Count the Cost: Consider the potential challenges and sacrifices that may come with following God’s path. Understand that the journey may not always be easy, but the rewards are eternal. Take time to weigh the cost and make a firm decision to follow Him wholeheartedly.

Seek God’s Guidance: Spend dedicated time in prayer, seeking God’s guidance for your life. Ask Him to reveal His will and direction to you. Listen attentively and be open to His leading, even if it takes you out of your comfort zone.

Surrender Control: Let go of the need to control every aspect of your life. Trust that God’s plans are far greater than your own. Release your own desires and ambitions, and allow Him to shape your path.

Embrace Uncertainty: Understand that God’s plan may not always align with your expectations or the conventional norms of society. Be willing to embrace uncertainty and step into the unknown, knowing that God is faithful to guide and provide for you.

Develop a Listening Ear: Cultivate a heart that is sensitive to God’s voice and promptings. Spend time regularly reading and meditating on His Word, allowing it to shape your thoughts and decisions. Be attentive to His leading through the Holy Spirit.

Stay Committed: Commitment is essential for the journey ahead. Make a firm decision to stay committed to God’s plan, regardless of the challenges that may arise. Remember Ruth’s unwavering commitment and let it inspire you to persevere.

Seek Support and Accountability: Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who are also committed to following God’s plan. Seek out mentors or join a community where you can receive support, encouragement, and accountability along the way.

Take Action Steps: Identify specific actions you can take to align yourself with God’s plan. It could be stepping out in faith, serving others, pursuing further education, or making a career change. Trust that each step you take in obedience brings you closer to your divine destiny.

Celebrate the Journey: Embrace the adventure of following God’s plan for your life. Celebrate every milestone, every victory, and every lesson learned along the way. Remember that the journey is as important as the destination.

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