Perhaps the book of Ruth is one of the most beautiful love stories in the Bible. Many Christian women including me might have dreamed of having such godly relationship with a spouse at least once.
I picked Ruth and studied it with my sister in Christ for about a month. Surprisingly, the book of Ruth taught me so much more than merely knowing how to be a godly woman. When you read carefully enough, you will notice that the two main characters (Ruth and Boaz) put God in the center of their life. In the final chapter, you can see how God blessed their marriage and genealogy which ultimately glorified God by leading to Jesus Himself.
While I was studying Ruth, I challenged myself purposefully to spend God-centered days. Purposefully I set aside specific times throughout days to pray and praise, to read, to worship, to experience God’s glory and His greatness, and to witness Him working in my life. When I first started this challenge, I was dealing with legalism, mild homesickness, financial responsibilities, school curriculums, and personal relationships. Though I believe there is nothing wrong with telling God about my issues, I realized that I severely lacked acknowledging God. And I was so self-centered that I skipped my prayers for others. On top of everything I felt lost and didn’t know where to start to transform myself and change the issues.
“Jesus said, “This is how you should pray: “Father, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. Give us each day the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation.” (Luke11:2-4, NLT)
I meditated on this specific prayer every day, and slowly God opened my heart to see Him in a deeper level, lighten my burden, and gave me a heart to love my neighbors. God confirmed to me that His presence is right next to me and all I need to do is to trust Him and know that He is the greatest. God has entered into the center of my heart. Now I can pray for others sincerely, I can pray for them before my needs, and most importantly I praise God no matter how difficult or delightful a season of life is!
Meditating on Jesus’ prayer and the verses like Luke 12:31 helped me a lot to reevaluate my spiritual walk with God almighty, and I encourage you to do the same.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.” (Luke 12:31, NLT)