“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. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried" (NIV) Ruth 1:16-17.
Wrong decisions have been the source of all mankind’s problems from the Garden of Eden till now. The sin man committed has led to many consequences including difficulties and death. Despite all the uncertainties of life, man still has the chance to live a better life. We will consider the book of Ruth for today’s devotion.
The book of Ruth in the Bible was written during a time of great difficulties (Judges 21:25). This scripture demonstrates the providence of God, redemption and hope for survival even in challenging times. Ruth was redeemed by Boaz who gave her a second chance in life.
We have free choices in decision making and we always have choices to make in life. Refusing to choose is also a decision. We are not free to choose but not the consequences. Wise choices have great power and benefits while bad choices are always associated with problems. Ruth became the grandmother of Jesse, the father of David. The principle of choices states our decisions determine our destiny.
We choose our destiny in life (Eze. 18:20) by either accepting the gospel of Jesus or not. Some refuse to say yes or no to obeying Jesus but there is no borderline. When we refuse to make a choice, we have made a choice. Decision-making in all aspects of life determines the outcome of our lives. Leaving God and entering enemy territory is the wrong choice (2Pet 2:20-21).
We easily make wrong choices for these reasons; wrong motives, wrong methods of work and following the wrong masters. We take decisions mostly by carnal reasons and not spiritual, we walk by sight and not by faith.
When life so was difficult, the power of a wise choice by Ruth deciding to go with her mother-in-law changed her destiny. Our decisions have a great effect on our physical and spiritual life courses. Ruth previously lived a cursed and condemned life being poor, widow and an idolater. When we become Christians, our desires, direction, determination, devotion, dependence, and destiny all must be new (2Cor 5:17).
We all have choices to make. What is your decision today? The wrong choice will lead to destruction. The right choice for God leads to everlasting life. Have you obeyed the gospel? The decision you make will determine your destiny.