Word4Today Daily Bible Devotional

by Bob and Debby Gass

‘For wherever you go, I will go.’ Ruth 1:16 NKJV

One of the greatest Scriptures on commitment in the Bible are the words of Ruth to Naomi: ‘Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.’ (Ruth 1:16 NKJV) Why is it hard to commit to a relationship?

1) Fear of losing control: ‘I might have to do everything they like doing.’

2) Fear of loss: ‘What if I end up losing my other friends?’

3) Fear of inadequacy: ‘What if I can’t meet his or her expectations?’

4) Fear of loneliness: ‘What if he or she leaves me?’

5) Fear of pain: ‘I’ve been hurt before, and I don’t want to be hurt again.’

Many jump from one relationship to another rather than try to work through problems, because that would involve admitting our own weaknesses and working on them. They think the next person will better meet their needs. And if they’re not, they move on to the next person. Commitment and loyalty don’t cross their mind.

Frodo and Sam from The Lord of the Rings is one example of a loyal friendship that is tested to extremes. What stands out about their friendship is that they put the needs of the other above their own. They were willing to do whatever it took to keep each other safe and encouraged to get through the tough times. That’s commitment and loyalty. The five fear points mentioned did not dominate their thoughts.

People who move from relationship to relationship are rarely happy. Whereas, those who commit themselves to God and one another find peace in any situation

SoulFood: Num 19-21 Matt 11:10-19 Ps 111 Pro 3:29-30

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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