Virtuous Life ~ Week 11

Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what
I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a
chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
– Ecclesiastes 2:11

Its about faithfulness. What are we faithful for? And to?

In the Bible there are always stories of folks going hunting; seeking and gathering. Sowing and reaping. As do we modern day guys and gals right? What about us modern day wives? So many things we seek out, hunting for, in our lives today.

I have always loved to watch people. It seems we all have something we just have to have, an addiction, a need or desire that is greater than anything. Its the fuel that makes us go; sometimes it is a good thing (reading, intellectual stuff, nature, Jesus…hehe) other times its a not so god thing (drugs, alcohol, attention, admiration, etc).

If you think about, we were created with the desire into our core, to seek out that greater thing; there is that emptiness only He can fill. Even when we do not know Him; still we seek Him. We just do not know it.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all
your soul and with all your mind and with all your
strength. ~ Mark 12:30

SO much gets in the way of our loving God with all we have; the sale at the store; the lunch date with a friend. We convince ourselves that God doesn’t mind waiting for us —we can catch up with Him later… But do we ever really catch up? Or do we continue to hunger after , and pursue all those other things?  What we need is Him; yet the latest fashion, adventure, television show, that hot new movie….They are filling up your time, my time, with things that are foolish. There is no room for Jesus…

Sure, we were created to seek, but unless we are seeking after  the Lord, we will always be left empty and void.
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What
shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans
run after all these things, and your heavenly Father
knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and
his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you
as well. ~ Matthew 6:31-33

It makes me think of my garden; how so many things I long to see bloom in abundance do not always do so. Then there are those weeds; it seems they are always present. More and more every day. Its a matter of sowing and reaping. I continue to plant whenever I can and always something grows. Just as our life as moms, and wives.  We must continue to plant seeds. Some will take and others may not. Some we will see in fruition quickly, others perhaps will not bloom for many seasons. But we plant nonetheless. We continue to do the work which need be done.

He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that
regardeth the clouds shall not reap. As thou knowest not
what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow
in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou
knowest not the works of God who maketh all. In the
morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not
thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper,
either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike
good. – Ecclesiastes 11:4-6

Let us not question what we shall do or why but let us trust in the Lord and do the work which He has for us without question. Only the Lord can bring forth the fruits of the harvest. We need only be faithful in that which we are called for.

Let us be faithful.Let us trust Him as Ruth did. We could all learn a lesson or two from this faithful woman right? I can only imagine…she chose to follow her mother-in-law into a strange land.  Ruth knew–she was secure in the knowledge that God would keep her safe where ever she went. God was with her no matter where she was. She was faithful to His word, His promises.

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

Did you know that aside from the Proverbs 31 woman, Ruth is the only other woman in the Bible referred to as “virtuous”?
Ruth surrendered every bit of her life; she chose hard work and sacrifice. She chose them in kindness and in faith. She was so willing to give up everything she had to be a part of His people and their faith. She was eager and happy to serve.

May we all be washed, anointed, and in our proper “raiment” as Ruth was for Boaz; so must we be for our Lord.

 

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