Whom Can You Trust? - The One Year Devotions for Women on the Go

Whom Can You Trust?

Read Jeremiah 31:1-6

Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” Jeremiah 31:3

There’s a statement that a young woman makes in the Bible that floors me: “ ‘I will do whatever you say,’ Ruth answered” (Ruth 3:5, NIV). She will do whatever Naomi says? Whatever? That is amazing trust. They have either a deeply forged relationship or a very dysfunctional, codependent one!

From the context of the book of Ruth, we can see that she isn’t some emotionally needy woman. Rather, she is called “noble” and “better than seven sons,” and her godly character is noted by everyone around her. So this statement of respect and trust comes from an amazingly trusting relationship. Ruth has come to believe Naomi always has her best interests in mind. That’s why she can hear a plan and simply say, “That’s good, let’s go with it!”

Who has your best interests in mind?

  • “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
  • The thief comes only in order that he may steal and may kill and may destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance—to the full, till it overflows. (John 10:10, AMP)
  • Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13, NIV)

To trust God in the next step, remember how he has already expressed his love for you. Make a list of all the times and ways God has been there for you, provided for you, and given you opportunity and blessing. Then, when you are wondering if you should trust a person with your future, check out the person’s love level for you (and for the God who loves you).

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The One Year Devotions for Women on the Go
By Stephen Arterburn M. ED and Pam Farrel

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