Keeping the Long View

And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David…..(Ruth 4:17).

I read something yesterday that said quite simply, “keep the long view in mind.” I’m not very good at this. Mostly because I’m super concerned about what’s best for me. Selfishness is an issue in my heart that manifests itself in different ways. Mostly during those times when I feel like life is treating me unfairly.
Ruth didn’t respond this way and God blessed her life in great abundance. Even after her death, her faithfulness rippled on into the generations that would come after her. In God’s great grace He used the child that Ruth and Boaz would raise to be the father of Jesse, who would, in turn, become the father of King David. The Davidic line would be the line from which the Messiah, Jesus, would come. Truly, Ruth kept the long view in mind.
Some of us have difficult children, marriages, or heartbreaking realities. We must live as people who are faithful. Without faithfulness we, personally will not see the blessing of God in our life. We will not see His overcoming life join with ours to bring us victory. Could it be that God wants to bless our great, great, great grandchildren through our faithfulness, but our view has become so short that we cannot even fathom the thought of it? Or maybe we just don’t care, because quite frankly, we just want what we want. Our greatest concern is that our present lives would feel better, even if our obedience to walk through suffering means the blessing of someone else’s’ life. I just need to raise my hand really high on that one and say, “Yep, that’s my issue….. Lord change me.”
I have noticed something in my own heart, it is the sin of unbelief. It’s an attitude in my heart that says, “What good could come from this?” “Your life has now become pointless, congratulations.”
Sometimes the short view wants to steal the long view from my heart and mind. More often than I care to admit. When this happens, I must choose to rejoice, to praise God in all circumstances. After all, life is not about you. It has never been. Until we get over that reality we’ll always live believing that we deserve more.
Lord, I have everything I need in you. I have your peace, purpose, victory, and love that surrounds me. Thank you that your grace finds me. Thank you that you will bless the generations after me as I walk in faithfulness. Forgive me for being so concerned about what’s best for me. I am selfish, but I want to live as a woman who is not. Thank you for your grace for people like me, in Jesus name, Amen.

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