What in Your Life is Ruthless?

The headache that comes back again and again. A chronic illness that knocks you off your feet without regard for where you’re headed or how much pain you’re already in.

The thought in your head that you are not good enough, no matter how hard you’ve tried. A lie, on repeat, that you can’t ever measure up or be worthy of love. Guilt that won’t subside.

The boss that never respects your time or how much has already been put on your plate on a tight deadline. A person who continues to abuse, even when ties have been cut.

What in your life is ruthless?

Some of these are mine. Some belong to my loved ones. Some are yours. There are others, too.

We all face the ruthless, that which is “without pity or compassion; cruel; merciless.”

Whose synonyms are “unrelenting, adamant, cruel.”

Isaiah 25:4 describes how it feels:

“the breath of the ruthless
is like a storm driving against a wall
and like the heat of the desert.”

Isn’t that the truth? That which is ruthlessly disrespectful, uncompassionate, and cruel in our lives feels like a tremendous force against us that we can’t flee from. It bears down on us like heat that cannot be escaped, draining us of our energy and our strength.

In Isaiah’s praise to the Lord, He describes how the Lord is our refuge. He goes on to say, in reference to the ruthless:

“You silence the uproar of foreigners;
as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud,
so the song of the ruthless is stilled

With just a moment of time and a compassionate thought in mind, our Lord makes cloud cover turn down the heat. He silences the storm thrashing us against the wall. He stills the ruthless.

After describing how the ruthless flourish, only to pass away and be found no more, the Lord reiterates in Psalm 37:39-40:

“The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;

he is their stronghold in time of trouble.

The Lord helps them and delivers them;

he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,

because they take refuge in him.”

What a refuge we have in Him! Never needing to hide or to fight a losing battle alone until we are left as empty heaps of nothingness. Endure, endure. Stay fast in the Lord because the wicked will not ultimately win.

The Lord is stronger, safer, and more steadfastly unchanging than any ruthless thing we face in this world.

Such sweet relief we find in the shadow of those unmovable, unshakable wings.

Remember the Gospel. The ruthlessness of sin, even now as it persists. Christ wins.

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8 Replies to “What in Your Life is Ruthless?

  1. “What a refuge we have in Him! Never needing to hide or to fight a losing battle alone until we are left as empty heaps of nothingness. Endure, endure. Stay fast in the Lord because the wicked will not ultimately win.” Such a good reminder for me as I persevere in 2016. Joining you from Intentional Tuesday.

  2. Christ wins! Amen, Bethany. Yes, some things in life can seem ruthless – that’s the perfect word to describe those things which come against us. But as you said here, He is stronger! Blessings to you today! (I’m your neighbor once again! Visiting from #testimony tuesday.)

  3. Bethany, I hadn’t considered the ruthless elements in my life before. I love your perspective! For me, the ruthless thing has been the lies that come with feeling “less-than” or like I’m not enough. I love how God’s word is that cloud that gives relief when the lies are trying to barrage me. When I choose to turn to God and remember His truths spoken over me, the ruthless grows less powerful in my thoughts and my heart.

    Loved this post today!

    1. Thank You Jeanne! Those thoughts can be so ruthless -I’m plagued by those often. Thankful for the sweet relief and protection of Christ on you and me! And thankful for your encouragement : ) Blessings!

  4. Wow well done my sister in Christ, You my dear wrote the words I couldn’t say and haven’t been able to say about the ruthless things in life that try to come bombarding at me. Yet Gods love prevails!

    1. Thank you sweet Elizabeth! This passage and the truth that God prevails no matter how ruthless circumstances and opposition are is a treasure to me too! Yes, God love is prevailing, even right now, in the ruthless things in your life!

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