Pick your battles. That advice has been given to many people throughout the business and personal world. Not every battle is worth fighting, sometimes you need to wait and make sure that you’re fighting the battles that you really need win. Naomi made that choice when Ruth explained that she was absolutely going to follow Naomi. Read Ruth 1:16-18
When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.
Ruth 1:18 NASB
With was determined. She made her choice and nothing and no one was going to sway her a different direction. No matter what Naomi said to her, it wouldn’t matter. Ruth was going with Naomi. Naomi decided it wasn’t worth the battle and so just left it alone.
Do we know how to pick our battles? And do we pick the right battles? Naomi already felt alone and depressed. She didn’t want anyone with her. Yet, Ruth refused to be parted from her. Naomi let it go. Looking through the rest of the story, we know that Naomi will forever be grateful that she chose to lose that battle instead of fighting to win it. Ruth became a key part of her life going forward and if Naomi would have had her way, Ruth would never have come.
We don’t always know why things happen the way they happen or who enters our lives, but we can be sure that God has a plan for that and we need to understand which battles to fight to get our way and which battles to simply allow God to win so that he can direct our path down the best way. Are we constantly fighting to have our way? We need to allow God to have his way in our life. Battling against God is not a battle we should choose to fight.