Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Next Right Thing (Featured Devotion)

Day 20


The Nest Right Thing

Ruth 1:4

Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) uses the phrase in its teachings.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., used a similar phrase.  And many others who have found themselves in the midst of difficult situation, when directions are missing for the next step, have relied on the maxim: So the next right thing.

Even those who rely on God’s guidance don’t always know the next step.  Take Ruth, for example.  A Moabitess who married into a Jewish family, her father-in –law, and husband died and she was left with her mother-in-law, Naomi.  When Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem to her people, she urged Ruth to stay in Moab with her own people.  What should Ruth do?  She did the next right thing’ remain loyal to her mother-in-law, return with her to Bethlehem, and help provide for her.  So she did---Naomi and Ruth journeyed to Bethlehem where, in time, God Blessed Ruth with a prosperous husband and security for her and Naomi.

When confused about what steps to take next, doing the next right thing in God’s sight is always a good choice.  God Blesses faith steps---and one step leads to another.

Recommended Reading: Ruth 1:16-18


Guidance is not normally ecstatic or mystical.  It is always ethical and intensely practical.

Sinclair Ferguson

From: “Turning Points” Magazine and Devotional
Turning Points