Leaving A Comfortable Place
Ruth 1:14-15 (NIV)
14 At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.
15 “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”
The feeling of having something comfortable is a good feeling. We don’t have to worry about learning anything different, we can continue to do some things that are second nature to us, and it just feels right. If we started something over or anew, it would be a learning process and we don’t have time for that. We would rather live in a place of mediocre than to learn something better, right? I mean some of us are in the same job because we know what we are doing and collecting a check. We don’t care about learning another skill or moving up the corporate ladder; the ladder is a little shaky every now and then. However, you would rather die in that place than to try something to better yourself.
Naomi was doing what any good person would do, that is to send them back to their families. Her son’s had now passed away and she was beyond child-bearing years (custom for the widowed to marry the brother) for Ruth and Orpah to have husbands. She charged them to go back to their families (v 9) but they told her no (v 10). After giving them a reason why not to stay, Orpah decided “hey…she’s right. Let me go back to my familiar place” and left heading home. Notice what Naomi said in verse 15, she is “going back to her people and her gods”, simply saying, she is going to her familiar place. She is going to a place where she knows things, she knows the people and she knows her gods. Orpah would rather go back than to move forward (someone caught that).
There could be someone reading this that has a decision to make; are you going to go or will you move ahead. Is there something you are holding on to or are you willing to go over the hill? Will you go where the Lord is instructing you or will you stay dying in your familiar place? The thing about familiarity is everyone is there, doing the same ol thing and going the same ol place…nowhere. You have the opportunity to be set up in a place of destiny but you would rather hang out with the boys. You have a chance to be your own boss, but your girls want you with them. You have a chance to start your own ministry but you would rather be in a place where everyone knows your name…sound familiar? Get outside of your comfort place, stop limiting yourself and stop dying in a familiar place.