Monday morning, the start of a new week, may be a good time to ask ourselves where we are going, and who are we following?
We've all heard how notorious men are for not asking directions. One wife said that her husband and she left a wedding to go to the reception. Not knowing how to find the reception hall, her husband chose to follow one of the other wedding guests rather than ask directions. After numerous twists and turns, the folks ahead of them finally pulled into their own driveway and were home. The family they had been following had never planned to go to the reception.
"And she said, "Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law."
Where a person is going should influence whether or not we want to follow him. Naomi urged her daughter-in-law Ruth to follow the way Orpha, her sister-in-law, had taken. But Orpha was headed in the wrong direction. She was going back to her people and her gods. Orpha had been exposed to the same God, and to the same mother-in-law's influence Ruth had while she was a part of Elimelech's family, but when the final decision had to be made, she chose to return to her old way of life. Fortunately, Ruth chose not to accompany her.
Many people are seeking others to follow them, but they're headed in the wrong direction. When we cut through all their assurances and promises, we discover that what they're really offering is to lead us back to enslavement to the world. There are many beckoning voices today. The apostle Paul urged the Corinthians, "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ." 1 Corinthians 11:1. The same applies to us today. Choose to follow only those who have chosen to follow Christ.
Be careful whom you allow to be your leader. Take time today to make sure you're following someone who honors the Lord. Anyone who is not headed in the same direction as Christ is not headed in a direction you want to go. As you let Him guide you today, be blessed on this trip, know that you are always loved!!!