STAY CLOSE

Headshot_Katy KauffmanToday I’m pleased to introduce you to Katy Kauffman, an author friend who has just released her second Bible study: Faith, Courage, and Victory. I know you will be blessed by her message. Her heart for God and others characterizes her entire personality. I hope you’ll sign up for her blog and LIKE her Facebook page so you can follow God’s blessings on her ministry.

STAY CLOSE

By Katy Kauffman

Some of the most beautiful words of Scripture have been motivated by love. God told His people, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you” (Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV). Out of compassion and love for the lost, Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep” (John 10:11 NKJV). Tucked away in the pages of the book of Ruth, another expression of love has been preserved.

Ruth didn’t want to leave her mother-in-law, Naomi. Even after both of their husbands had died and Ruth was free to go back to her family and her gods, she chose to stay with Naomi and follow her and her God. She wanted to stay close to her because she loved her. Ruth told Naomi these beautiful words.

“Entreat me not to leave you,

Or to turn back from following after you;

For wherever you go, I will go;

And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;

Your people shall be my people,

And your God, my God.

Where you die, I will die,

And there will I be buried.

The LORD do so to me, and more also,

If anything but death parts you and me.”

Ruth 1:16-17 NKJV

Love motivated Ruth to stay committed. To stay close. She wanted to go where Naomi went, live where she lived, become a part of her people, serve her God, and die where she died. Ruth loved her, and committed to spend the rest of her life with her.

So they went back to Judah together, back to Naomi’s people. God steered Ruth to glean grain in just the right field, and just the right man saw her and provided for her and Naomi’s needs. This man, Boaz, fell in love with Ruth, and made her his wife. God blessed Ruth’s commitment to Naomi by giving her a new home and a new love. God blessed Naomi by giving her a grandson, who would become the grandfather of King David.

Stay close to God. The more we know who God is, the more we will be in awe of His love and power and want to cling to Him. The more we will love Him. He loves us in a way that sees us through the trials of life and makes the good times precious. He creates the best adventures and satisfies our hearts. His companionship with us never ends, and His mercies are new every morning. When we know God, we have a Best Friend for life and a Father to guide us.

Let’s stay as committed to God as Ruth was to Naomi. Let’s seek God with all of our hearts and stay close to Him, and not let anything rival our love for Him. This is what we can learn from Ruth’s example of commitment and love, and apply to our relationship with God:

In your life of faith, love God, cling to Him, and walk in His ways. (Ruth 1:16-17)

How can we cling to God if we can’t physically see Him? By spending time with Him in His Word and talking with Him. By sharing every day with Him and looking for Him at work in our lives. By sharing with others what we know about Him. By choosing to live by faith instead of fear, peace instead of anger, and love instead of selfishness. We cling to God by holding onto the truths we know about Him and the promises He has given us in His Word. We may not know how life will turn out, but He does. When we cling to Him, He will bless us with a home—Himself—and an eternal love.

© Copyright 2015 by Katy Kauffman

This post is based on a devotion in Katy’s new book, Faith, Courage, and Victory, which capsulizes the stories of 24 people of the Bible in 40 devotions. Each devotions begins with an illustration, modern story, or intriguing thought, then transitions into Scripture, provides application and discussion questions, and ends with a prayer. A leader guide is provided for using the book as a nine-week group study.

Katy Kauffman is a co-founder of Lighthouse Bible Studies, a ministry which seeks to connect people to God through His Word. Her heart’s desire is that women know and love God, understand the richness of His Word, and fulfill His plan for their lives. Katy makes her home near Atlanta, Georgia.

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