There are three reasons why people make bad decisions: They have the wrong motive, the wrong method or the wrong master. In this episode of the Pinnacle Leaders Podcast, we continue our exposition of Ruth to reflect on the power of a wise decision and God’s mercy to restore his people to the fullness of his promises.
Dr. Randal S. Langley is the President of Christian Life School of Theology Global (CLSTG), a world leader in theological and leadership education, providing online degree programs and customized Christian higher-education solutions for churches, ministries and other organizations. Dr. Langley is also president of the International Association of Bible Colleges and Seminaries and is a founding partner and certified life coach, teacher, and trainer for the John C. Maxwell Team. His desire is to help people fulfill their ultimate purpose in life and achieve their God-given dreams.
When we examine Elimelech’s decision to leave the covenant country of Israel and settle in the cursed country of Moab, we see that he was motivated by fear. Famine had risen in the land, and he was driven by what he saw in the natural rather than what was possible with God.
Secondly, he tried to run away. When we attempt to flee from our problems, we usually end up with the same thoughts, attitudes and baggage we had before, just in a different place.
Finally, Elimelech had the wrong master. His name literally means, “God is my King,” but, ironically, he betrayed his identity by setting himself up as his own lord and master.
After Elimelech and his two sons died, his widow, Naomi, decided to return to her home country because she heard that the Lord had blessed his people in Judah. She urged her two daughters-in-law to return to their families, but Ruth insisted on going with her. This life-altering decision impacted Ruth’s destiny, bringing her into the Kingdom of God and even giving her a place in the lineage of Jesus.
It doesn’t matter where you’ve been—you can come to God. Serving him is the greatest thing you’ll ever do in your life.
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