When we began this week's study, we mentioned two things -- cockleburs and beggar lice. Here is a photo of cockleburs:
And here are beggar lice:
I wanted to end this week with that comparison. Cockleburs are equipped to hang on tight. Beggar lice? Not so much. They are a nuisance to have to pick off of clothing and shoes, but they don't hurt when they come off!
We are equipped by the Holy Spirit to hang on tight to our Lord. It's almost as if we have those prickles that you see up there, so that we can stay close to the Father, in spite of Satan, sin, and circumstances. And just like cockleburs, if we are pried loose, there is pain -- both to Christ and to the believer. If we allow sin to cause a separation in our relationship with Him, there's pain and sadness.
I'm so glad that we have these precious promises to encourage us!
Know therefore that the your God is God; he is the faithful God,keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. (Deuteronomy 7:9)
God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (I Corinthians 1:9)
(II Thessalonians 3:3)
Let's be determined to be cockleburs like Ruth. Let's cling to the relationship we have with Jesus Christ, and watch as He is faithfully working in our lives. We may be experiencing trials and troubles, but He will walk with us, and He will comfort and care for us.
We may look at our lives in despair. We long for sunshine-filled, carefree days, but He takes us by the hand and leads us straight into the darkest of valleys. He doesn't do it to hurt us; it's never, ever to harm us; it is only to bring greater trust, strength, and nearness to Him. His desire is to make us more like Him, and to have a relationship with us, so He is not going to leave us alone in dark days. He will walk along with us, and we will come out of the valley changed, strengthened, and with renewed purpose.
Cockleburs cling tightly.
I think I'd rather be a cocklebur than a beggar lice!