One of the most beautiful confessions of love in all of literature is the one Ruth made to Naomi. In vowing to return to Israel with her, Ruth pledged, “Wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried” (Ruth 1:16-17).
But suppose Naomi had said to herself, “Ruth’s just a gold digger. What she really wants is to get into Israel to marry a wealthy Hebrew. I’m just her passport in.”
If Naomi had doubted Ruth’s good intentions and rejected her kindness, she would have lost out on blessings she never could have imagined.
But that’s exactly what we do when we fail to trust God’s goodness. We stop believing He will do what is best for us. And as the saying goes, once the well is poisoned, all the water is contaminated.
James 1:16-17 states, “Do not be deceived . . . . Every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father.” Once we doubt God’s goodness, some of His best gifts—like trials that help us to mature—will seem like bad ones.
Don’t doubt God’s goodness and poison the wellspring of blessing He has for you.
Drink deep of God's goodness, His faithfulness too,
Leave no room for doubting and fear;
His Word is the Water of Life pure and true,
Refreshing and cooling and clear. —Hess
We poison the well when we don't think well of God's goodness.