“Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out; for the man will not rest until he finishes the matter today.” – Ruth 3:18 (AMP)
“Sit still…until you learn how the matter turns out.” Sitting still can be a sign of trust. In this scripture, a woman is being instructed to sit still and wait to see if a family redeemer will, in fact, come to her aid and marry her. What would that wait be like? What sorts of questions would be swirling in her mind as she waited? (Did I say all the right things? Did I do everything I could?) No one likes to wait when the stakes are high and the outcome is uncertain.
It reminds me of Ephesians 6:13 where we are exhorted to – stand! – having done everything we can to stand. There comes a point when we’ve done everything we can and then all we have left to do is to wait and see what will happen. These can be tentative and worrisome moments, especially if we haven’t come to trust the person who will ultimately make the decision we’re waiting for. Without established trust, one cannot be sure that the person with the decision-making power will truly consider us when making the decision. We can’t be sure if what’s in our best interests is being considered.
In every situation where we find ourselves sitting and waiting on a person to give the “final verdict,” it’s important to remember that we’re also waiting on the Lord. And our Lord is sovereign. Sure, people around us every day have the ability to make decisions that please us or disappoint us. Their decisions may have the ability to change the course of our lives. But we must remember that God can and does work all things together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purposes (Romans 8:28). Psalm 55:22 says, “Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” If we’re living our lives in such a way that we’re putting God first, having faith in him and walking out his commands obediently, we’ve positioned ourselves under the protection of the Almighty. He will care for us, even when the verdict we’re sitting still and waiting for is being delivered by another person.