JULY 3 – PROFILES AND PROMISESBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”Proverbs 3:5-6and“And they lifted up their voice and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law; but Ruth clave unto her. And she said, ‘Behold, thy sister-in-law is gone back unto her people and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister-in-law.’ And Ruth said, ‘Intreat me not to leave thee or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people and thy God my God. Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part you and me.’”Ruth 1:14-17-----Memory Catcher: Trust requires truth.Place a T in front of Ruth and you get truth.Ruth was filled with truth, and God blessed her abundantly.-----Ruth was a Gentile foreigner living in the far-away land of “forsaken” Moab.Her first marriage, to an Israelite, resulted in the untimely death of her husband and she became a widow at an early age.Attaching herself to her mother-in-law in an entirely surrendered way, she placed her trust in the God of Israel, and was compelled by Him to make the journey to her husband’s homeland (the land of Judah). She let go of the land she knew, the family and friends she loved, the gods of her people, and the culture and all that was familiar to her … and she clung to Naomi, her mother-in-law.In clinging to her mother-in-law, Ruth displayed a loyalty to God that ended up leading her to the very heart of God ... and His chosen people.The blessing God attached to Ruth appears throughout her story and continues on as she is merged into the genealogy of Christ and overshadowed by provision and blessing.God does, indeed, direct the footsteps of His own and can be trusted. Ruth is a living profile of God's promise to lead, direct, and guide.-----A journey of faith and intimacy with God requires our trust and His truth ... and how He chooses to direct is anyone's guess.Like Ruth, some of us may be called to leave family and friends, Position, Location, Vocation, and all that is familiar to us. Who can know ... the plans of God but God Himself.Trust the Word that leads you and the hand that holds you and "go" where He tells you to go.He may lead you many places but He will never lead you astray ... and His way will always lead you home.-----Heavenly Father, With open heart and mind we implore You to lead us to a place which brings us closer to You. Separate us for our good and in Your holiness ... from all that would hinder us from depth of intimacy with You.Grant a clear directive and give a special provision for the steps we are to take ... and then help us to follow You there.Keep us constant in Your word and clinging to all that is good, pure, and right.As you blessed Ruth ... so grant us truth to follow You.Amen.
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