But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. —-Ruth 1:16
The definition of commitment is dedication, application, and devotion.
This word has evolved to have little meaning in today’s society. Sure, we do commit to things. As long as they aren’t tough, we stay committed. All too often we cut and run as soon as things become difficult. But commitment is so much more than being a fair weather friend. It’s devotion and dedication through ALL things. It means you don’t give up. You don’t quit. You persevere. You endure. You push through those difficult, hard times. When the going gets tough, you get stronger and fight.
Ruth was a woman of real commitment. In her story, all the men in her life had died. She had lost her husband, brother-in-law, and father-in-law. In Biblical times, that pretty much doomed her to a life of poverty. Her mother-in-law, Naomi, urged her to leave and go back to her hometown. But Ruth had made a commitment to God and to Naomi. She was dedicated and devoted. She would not quit and leave, she would persevere…even if that meant a life of poverty. She was truly in what seemed a hopeless situation. She applied her dedication with her actions. She left all she knew, all that was familiar to go with Naomi. She refused to leave her. She was committed.
As a result of this commitment, God granted favor over her life and sent someone to her. She ended up with a happy ending. As a result, she became a part of the lineage of Christ. If Ruth had not been truly committed, she would have cut and run. No one would really blame her. She was in what seemed a hopeless situation. Yet, her commitment to God would not leave that as an option. And He honored her for it. Why? Because God is committed to us. He loves us. He will fight for us. He will stand for us. And when we stray, he devises ways to draw us back to Him.
Reading this story again, made me think about my commitment to God. Do I stick with him through thick and thin? Or do I find the first excuse to leave and put him in second place in my life…..or even lower on the list? It’s easy to commit to God when there is no obstacle standing in the way.
Dedicate yourself to God.
Devote your life to Him.
Commit to Him. And make that commitment mean something.
That means putting Him in first place….even when other things are competing for your attention.
Make a stand for God…..He surely has made a stand for you!