We appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, to instruct those who are not in their place of battle. Be skilled at gently encouraging those who feel themselves inadequate. Be faithful to stand your ground. Help the weak to stand again. Be quick to demonstrate patience with everyone.
Recently I was in a Ladies Bible Study on the book of Ruth. At the end of the study, one of the ladies suggested that the leader of our study give us one word each week to ponder and write about. I reluctantly agreed to participate in the one word writing challenge.
We were asked initially to do a five-minute writing to share a small part of our “story” and submit it to our leader, and I was already struggling with that. In a conversation with a dear friend who was also in the study group, I shared that this writing thing was way out of my comfort zone, but in a strange way, I was almost excited about it.
During the study of Ruth, the Lord had shown me that one area He is trying to refine in my life is fear. I have always been very shy and struggled with fear a lot. As I thought back over the lessons on Ruth, I realized I had written down more of my thoughts than is typical for me.
During the conversation with my friend, she helped me to see that this writing challenge is part of God’s refinement process and he has been using the study of Ruth to help prepare me to trust him more.
I am confident that I will still be uncomfortable with this challenge, but I’m trusting God to help me.
Psalm 28:7 tells me, “The Lord is my strength and shield; in him my heart trusts.”