Your Pursuit Determines Your Outcome
Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.
There are two lives with different outcomes that were both determined by what they chose to pursue in life. The first life is Naomi. Naomi is not a bad person, but she had the wrong priorities as her desires in life. Naomi was a lady who always pursued bread. When we talk about bread, we are talking about money and possessions. Naomi and her husband left Bethlehem-Judah because they heard there was bread in the land of Moab. While in that land, Naomi lost her husband and two sons to death. The only reason she decided to return to Bethlehem was because she heard the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread. She was not returning because it was the right thing to do; she was returning because it was the “in” thing and the thing that would benefit her the most. Her life was a life that was in pursuit of what she felt would benefit her the most.
The second life was completely different. Acts 13:22 says about David, …I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. David was in pursuit of the heart of God. David’s great desire in life was to do God’s will. It did not matter to David if God’s will benefited him; it only mattered if God’s will was accomplished through his life and actions. David was not concerned with how much money he obtained or with the possessions he gathered; rather, his great concern was winning over God’s heart so he could please Him.
The outcome of these two lives was completely different. Naomi’s life ended in bitterness, and David’s ended with God’s blessings and a great influence on generations to come. The pursuit of bread led Naomi to say, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.
What is interesting is that if you were to look at the two lives, Naomi lived what most would call a better life than David. David’s life unfortunately included adultery and murder. The only thing Naomi did was leave Bethlehem in pursuit of bread. Certainly, Naomi lived what most would call the better life, but God saw the pursuit of both and deemed David the one who succeeded in life because he pursued the heart of God and His will.
My friend, your pursuit in life will determine your outcome. You can pursue money, fame, possessions, and fun, but you will find that these are not where you find fulfillment at the end of life. Many Christians have left God’s will to pursue what the world would call where true joy in life is found, but these pursuits will leave you with nothing to give to the next generation. Money and possessions have caused many to leave God’s will, but they have always found that the joy they thought money and possessions could give was never found.
If you want your outcome to be a joyous and fulfilling one, you must pursue God’s heart and fulfilling all of His will with your life. Your great concern in life should be to please God with your life. The only way you will find God’s heart and fulfill His will is to do what God wants you to do even if it does not benefit your life. You will never fulfill God’s will for your life if His will must always benefit you. You will never be disappointed if you make God’s will your ultimate pursuit in life.