Encouragement to Continue

Are you facing a challenge that has left you with countless questions? I’ve been there.

Several years ago, my husband Steve’s, position at work was eliminated. If you’ve ever lost a job, you’ve experienced the stress of financial pressures and lack of medical insurance. It’s no picnic.

It was nine months before my husband found a suitable job. During that time, the pastor of our church died. And not many months later, my dad passed away.

Doubts & questions

The doubts and questions were relentless. Why was it taking so long for Steve to find a job in his field? What would happen to our church without a pastor? How could I deal with the death of my dad on top of everything else?

In His grace, God gave me hope and encouragement to continue. God’s Word is filled with countless examples of people who chose to trust Him during really tough circumstances.

Ruth’s story

Ruth is one of my heroes. She went through some hard times, suffering the death of both her father-in-law and husband. The choice she made when faced with a life-changing decision is inspiring.

Ruth’s mother-in-law, Naomi, had lived in Moab for ten years and her husband and two sons had died. Now she was heading back to her home town.

Naomi advised her two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, to go back to their people. Orpah found it hard to leave, but took Naomi’s advice.

Ruth was different. She saw something in Naomi that caused her to leave all she had ever known – family, friends, her home town, and culture – and trust God with her future:

And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. Ruth 1:16; KJV

Tough times

Times were different then. Widows were not treated well. No doubt these women faced very real questions and fears.

But Ruth’s story is beautiful – with God’s hand clearly directing both women’s lives. Ruth ends up marrying the most eligible bachelor in town, Boaz, who just happens to be Naomi’s relative.

All of us will face tough times. Trust God with your story. (click to tweet)

He will give you encouragement to continue.

Your turn

Are you going through tough times right now? What step will you take to trust God with your situation?

Can I pray for you?

Heavenly Father, no circumstance I go through catches You by surprise. Help me trust You when I can’t see the answers. Help me take steps of faith today. I know You’ll give me the encouragement to continue. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Maria I. Morgan

Maria I. Morgan is an inspirational writer and speaker. She is the award-winning author of Louie’s BIG day! and the writer of a women’s Bible study, Outrageously Fruitful. Regardless of the age of her audience, her goal is the same: to share God’s truths and make an eternal difference.

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