Words of Comfort
What to do when everything is changing
Dr. Scott Young
May 22, 2020 at 11:30 AM
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Change is a word that many do not like. We are all creatures of habit and when our habits are interrupted, it can cause anxiety and frustrations among many other things. It is no secret that we are living in changing times. Everything around us is changing at what seems lightning speeds. How you get your groceries, how you visit your doctor, how you get your hair cut, and how you attend worship. All these things are changing. We can allow these changes to frustrate us or we can respond as one woman did in the Old Testament.
Ruth is a woman mentioned in the Old Testament and there is a book of the Bible named after her as well. It gives us her life story. Let me just say that the opening of the book is filled with many changes. Changes that were sudden and even serious. It opens up in the first few verses telling us of three women: Naomi, Orpah and Ruth. All three lost their husbands and all of the sudden became widows. Naomi decides to go back to Bethlehem and Ruth decides to go with her. So now Ruth is not only facing the change of her husband not being there, but also faces the change of adapting to a new location. Some changes she decided to make, while others were made for her. How did she respond to these life-changing events?
She tells Naomi she will go where she goes and she will dwell where she dwells. She also states that Naomi’s God will become her God. These changes could have made her upset and anxious, but they did not seem to do that. She made a choice in the midst of all these changes that helped her, I believe. She chose to trust in God. She followed a woman who followed God. She put herself around people who would help her, not bring her down. In the midst of all of the changes, it is vital that we trust in God with all our heart. It is also vital we surround ourselves with people who will encourage us during this time, not put us down.
I do not know every situation people are facing, but I do know God can help in any situation. He can bring stability in our ever-changing world.
Dr. Scott Young is senior pastor at Temple Baptist Church in Kingsport.