Don’t Color Out the Line (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 148)
Ruth 1:1 (NLT)
In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah left his home and went to live in the country of Moab, taking his wife and two sons with him.
The story of Ruth is a compelling lesson of what it looks like to be committed to someone and to love them with all your heart. It is also a powerful lesson in listening to God’s voice and staying in the path He has set. Even if it is easier to look the other way or go somewhere else, it is always better to stay right where God puts you.
When Naomi and her family left Bethlehem because of a famine, they effectively colored out of the lines of God’s will. They made a move God did not ordain for them to make and ended up somewhere God did not originally intend or them to go. Leaving the path God has placed you on has devastating consequences. We can never see farther than right in front of us, but God can.
When we color out of the lines, we mess up the picture. The lines are boundaries set in place to keep us going in the right direction. If we color outside those lines, we will end up going farther than God intended for us to go and getting lost in the mayhem and muddle of the world. No matter what your situation dictates, make sure you are following God’s plan and purpose for you. It is always better to color inside the lines. The outcome is a pretty picture.
“There are no ‘if’s’ in God’s world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety – let us pray that we may always know it!”
— Corrie ten Boom