Preparing for Your New Season – Lessons from Ruth and Elisha

Seek out a Mentor and Stay Close to Him

One of the important things I have learnt in the journey of life is that you never get there by yourself; you need help. Of course, we have the Holy Spirit but the issue of a mentor is biblical.

Mentoring is a relational experience in which one person empowers another by sharing God-given resources. It is a relationship in which the mentor helps a protégé reach her or his God-given potential and goals. It can happen in two ways (maybe more).

God specifically sets up the relationship as in the case of Elijah and Elisha, 1 Kings 19:16

Then the LORD said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria. Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat… you shall anoint as prophet in your place.”

1 Kings 19:15-16 NKJV

And it is very evident that Elijah became Elisha’s mentor.

In the instance with Ruth and Naomi, you seek out a mentor – also directed by God. When Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem, Ruth clung to her and refused to let her go even when Naomi gave her an apparent brush off encouraging her to return to her family.

When Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go…” (Ruth 1:16), she was saying in essence “There is something about you and something about your God I must have, it is alright if you can’t supply me with a husband, I see God in you and that is what I want.”

Ruth’s motives and vision were beyond just satisfying the flesh.

When God allows someone to come into your path who has an anointing greater than yours that can facilitate you in where the Lord is taking you, pursue them and press in for that connection.

Show your mentor that you mean business and let them know that your motives are honourable. But don’t just be a taker serve them as well.

Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant”

1 Kings 19b NKJV

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