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When Naomi heard in Moab that the LORD had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, she and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there. Ruth 1:6

We associate with people the way we see ourselves.
Joel Osteen

In the book of Ruth, the Bible tells the stories of Ruth, Noemi and Orpah. Orpah and Ruth had been married to Noemi’s sons, but they passed away. Although death can be the end of many relationships, we always have options: we choose who stays in our lives.

We don’t choose who comes into our lives: we choose who stays in our lives. Orpah decided that it was the end of the road for their relationship, she went back to Moab. But Ruth on the other hand decided to stick with Noemi, until the end of the road. She said wherever you go I will go. And your God will be my God (Rut. 2). There was a conviction in Ruth to stay connected to her. There was something in Noemi which Ruth identified with, and although Noemi could not see it, their relationship served purpose. It turns out that Ruth would catch the eye of a wealthy kinsman, who would redeem her life and Noemi’s too.

Redeem:

  • compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something);
  • gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment;
  • (of a person) atone or make amends for (error or evil);
  • fulfill or carry out (a pledge or promise);
  • atone for, make amends for, make restitution for;

God has people on standby to show us favor, and bring resolution to our needs. Some connections seem to have no purpose, but in God all relationships work for our benefit (Rom. 8:28). Certain people come into our lives are for a season, while others are for a lifetime. They either teach us life lessons, refine our character, or lead us to open doors. Choosing the wrong people can keep you from your destiny!

Let’s pray:

Thank you Lord Jesus for bringing relationships into our lives. I pray you increase our wisdom and discernment so that we may choose the right friends, and partnerships. I ask you for the conviction to hold on to the right relationships in our lives, and the courage to walk away from the wrong ones. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

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