Lessons from the unknown redeemer – Ruth 4: 2-12
3b He wouldn’t risk his own security.
v6 “I cannot redeem it because I might endanger my own estate.”
Are you a might-be person? Always thinking the negatives will happen and not the positives?
If you want to walk on water, then it will most probably not be a calm day when you get the call. But it will be windy, stormy and a whole lot of risk involved. Miracles only occur when you need them not when you want them. Miracles occur not at base camp but on the summit.
Lord, lift me up and let me stand
By faith on heaven’s tableland.
A higher plane than I have found
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
There was a man who chose the higher ground. His name was Caleb. (Joshua 14) Forty-five years previously Caleb had spied out the land of Canaan, the land or Promise, bringing back a good report. But his dream never became a reality. Now the Israelites are in the process of taking the land.
I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land…but my brothers who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt with fear. I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly… So here I am today, eight five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day …Then Joshua blessed Caleb .. and gave him Hebron as his inheritance. Joshua 14: 7-13
What was in your sights a few years ago, maybe even 45 years ago? You never saw it realised. But maybe it’s still in your heart. Maybe the Holy Spirit is restoring vision to you as you listen to this. Yes you’re older now but still you know you are called for higher ground. You are not called for the foothills, but for the summit. Like Caleb you cry out ‘God give me one chance, grant me the opportunity of higher ground.’