Silence the voice of discouragement – Ruth 1: 14 – 19a
She clung on to her dream, v14.
In order to cling on to your dream, the dream needs to be value-led.
If your dream consists of goals and plans, a better house, car, career, money, popularity, a better ministry, a bigger church, lead more people to Christ, see more people healed then at some point you will become discouraged and want to give up. Why? Because at times no matter how wonderful the goals are the future looks hopeless.
Naomi had pointed out to Ruth that the future looked bleak. But Ruth clung on, “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. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.” (v16-17).
Ruth’s dream was to be with Naomi. Naomi was the most important person in her life and so we can say Naomi was her value in life.
One of our personal values is this:
Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Matthew 6:33
Values take you further than your goals will. Your goals will either be fulfilled or fade away and when they do your values are still there. Values will keep you on the right road.
When your dream is value-led then the journey becomes more exciting than the destination. Having Naomi with Ruth every day was more than anything a goal-led life could bring. Knowing Jesus every day, entering into the secret place, pursuing Him, putting Him first and allowing Him freedom to enter every area of your life then every day with Jesus is better than the day before.