Quote: WHEREVER YOU ARE, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God. —Jim Elliot, quoted in Elisabeth Elliot, Through Gates of Splendor
Ruth 1:16-17 (NLT)
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.
17 Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried.”
Isaiah 40:31 (NCV)
31 But the people who trust the Lord will become strong again. They will rise up as an eagle in the sky; they will run and not need rest; they will walk and not become tired.
A lesson on commitment
When we look at these two verses, they remind us of a person’s faith in God. The verse on Ruth shows a person’s commitment to Him. And when we do that, the Lord supplies his strength—He makes us strong. Ruth made this decision sometime ago in her lifetime but it is a decision that she had to stick to for the rest of her life. And the Lord did not fail her.
I remember when I was a little boy, I had a battery-operated toy car that had a group of rotating wheels underneath the chassis, and every time the car would bump into a wall, the wheels would rotate away from the obstacle, and the car would continue in the opposite direction. That’s the great temptation of life. When we are faced with obstacles, we are tempted to take the easy way out— the path of least resistance. Sometimes that path involves throwing up our hands in despair. At other times, we may be tempted to respond in an unethical or immoral way, or to take matters into our own hands and try to manipulate the outcome to our liking. Whatever difficult situation you may be in right now, no doubt you have been tempted to take an easier way out instead of persevering.
When trouble comes to our lives, we can do one of three things: endure it, escape it, or enlist it. If we only endure our trials, then trials become our master, and we have a tendency to become hard and bitter. If we try to escape our trials, then we will probably miss the purposes God wants to achieve in our lives. But if we learn to enlist our trials, they will become our servants instead of our masters and work for us; and God will work all things together for our good and His glory (Rom. 8: 28). –Wiersbe, Warren
We must be willing to wait on God what to do next and instead of enduring or escaping, we are to enlist them as our tools and servants. No matter how difficult our circumstances may be, the safest and best place is in the will of God. It’s easy to say with David, “Oh that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest” (Ps. 55: 6). But it’s wiser to claim the promise of Isaiah 40: 31 and wait on the Lord for “wings like eagles” and by faith soar above the storms of life. You can’t run away from your problems.