16 But Ruth said, “Do not beg me to leave you or turn away from following you. I will go where you go. I will live where you live. Your people will be my people. And your God will be my God. 17 I will die where you die, and there I will be buried. So may the Lord do the same to me, and worse, if anything but death takes me from you.”
In the book of Ruth, there is power of succession. Succession is a series of blessings that someone ahead of you has already tapped into and you reap the benefits because of your honor for them. Ruth honored Naomi because of who she was and not because of what she could get from Naomi. Honor means to highly esteem or to add value to someone/something. Naomi and Ruth’s relationship is a fitting example of honor because Ruth stuck with Naomi no matter what. Ruth clung to Naomi because of the value she had for her, Ruth was focused on what she could give to Naomi. Ruth’s honor for Naomi is symbolic of what our honor for God should look like.
We shouldn’t just be in a relationship with God for what He can do for us, we ought to honor and value Him just because of who He is although He wants to bless us. We all want the blessings of The Lord but most of us if we’re honest don’t know what a blessing is. The blessings of the Lord maketh rich and add no sorrow. Rich means to increase and to overflow! It means to have more than enough in every area of our life. The blessings that the Lord has for you will make you rich in God’s goodness. He wasn’t just talking about finances although He was talking about finances. He wasn’t just talking about in health although He was talking about in health. Be mindful and understand the blessings of The Lord so you can have an expectation that He is going to do what He said He is going to do because He is an honorable God.
As we align our self with the word of God, God is honored. God’s word is full of life and abundance. God is not man that He shall lie and every word shall come to pass. It’s so important for us to continue to honor Him and faint not! Many people fail to see the promises of God because they grow weary in doing well. It is easy to get caught up in moments of tiredness, pain, disappointments, and distractions but we must keep our eyes on God! Don’t ever think the moment is a lifetime. Remember it’s not how you start, it’s not where you’re at, but it’s where you’re going to end up at! Honor is your key to God’s succession, cling to God and don’t grow weary in well doing!
Until next time my friend,
-Bishop Clarence Langston