Be Obedient

1Then Naomi, her mother-in-law, said to her, ‘My daughter, should I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you? 2Is, not Boaz our relative, with whose young women you were? See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. 3Wash therefore and anoint yourself, and put on your cloak and go down to the threshing floor, but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 4But when he lies down, observe the place where he lies. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down, and he will tell you what to do.’ 5And she replied, ‘All that you say I will do.’

6So she went down to the threshing floor and did just as her mother-in-law had commanded her. 7And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then she came softly and uncovered his feet and lay down. 8At midnight the man was startled and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet!” ~ Ruth 3:1-8

Naomi told Ruth to go, once Boaz had finished eating and was asleep, uncover Boaz’s feet and lay next to him as he was sleeping. Without hesitation or questioning, Ruth went and did as she was told. Imagine if we had the same obedience as Ruth did when God tells us to do something. Imagine if we obeyed God no matter what today’s culture or society tells us. Imagine if we obeyed God and ignored our laziness, our shyness, our fear, our doubt, our flesh. What type of miracles would we see happen? What kind of breakthrough would we have?

What’s keeping you from absolute obedience? What’s hindering your faith? Obedience is better than sacrifice. If we could only obey… but our flesh is weak. How then can we strengthen our flesh? We must strengthen our Spirit Man. How then can we strengthen our Spirit Man? Daily prayer and meditation on God’s word. Not yoga meditation, but meditation on God’s Word. Sitting in His presence allowing Him to speak to us through His written word. When we pray, meditate, and worship we strengthen our Spirit Man. When we strengthen our Spirit Man, we are able to crucify the evil flesh and strengthen the good flesh. Once our flesh is strengthened our actions will more so follow the gentle guidance of Holy Spirit.

Just as Ruth believed Naomi knew better than she did, we should believe that God knows better than we do. When we believe in God’s goodness, faithfulness, and wisdom as Ruth believed in Naomi’s, we reap harvests like never before. We see miracles take place. We see prayers answered. We see blessings poured upon us, just as Ruth did. I believe because of her obedience and faith, Ruth was blessed. For the Savior of the entire world came through a non-Jew. The promise came through Ruth’s descendants. Ruth was grafted into the promise because of her obedience and her faith. How will God use you with your obedience?

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Be Obedient.

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