“Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons.” Ruth 1:3
We live most of our lives as if we had all the time in the world. But friends, we don’t have all the time in the world. There are very few peoples stories, in the the history of this world, that don’t end with the words, “Then (insert name) died.” Death, along with taxes and birth, stands as one of the few things that are a constant and a commonality for all people.
And while most people seem to be able to anticipate that their lives will extend beyond the fifty year mark we all know enough people laid to their rest much earlier than that to know that far, far too many lives are brought to an end much earlier than that.
So since we know that in this world that so predictably unpredictable the best course of action is to live every hour of every day with no regrets. And from a scriptural perspective that means living each moment by faith.
The sad part of Elimelech’s story is that it ends with him still chasing a dream far from the land where God had promised to prosper him. He was still living by his own wits and wisdom and not by faith.
Hebrews 11:6 begins with the words, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him…” Faith is knowledge or belief that leads to action. God asks us, requires us, to believe in him and to act on that belief but too many times we know and believe things about God and still take action according to our fears, or to please other people, or because our own wisdom tells us we have a better course of action. Friends, belief in God, without accompanying, complimentary action isn’t faith. It’s faithless.
As the apostle continues the verse he gives us some counsel that will direct us on a course of faith, “…for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
It all begins with believing that God is and then diligently seeking him. Too many times we make a relationship with God too complicated. We take too much of the burden of knowing God on our own shoulders. Believe in him. Seek him. He will reward you by coming close and revealing himself to you.
That’s living by faith. I believe that if Elimelech had lived a life seeking God and not security that he would have found both God and security and he wouldn’t have found them in Moab.
God’s ready to secure you in him if you’re ready to believe in him.