The God of Israel is a good God and he wants what’s best for us. But he’s not a safe God, and the path he asks us to take, like that of Ruth, will not be a safe one. Following the God of Israel, if we’re really relying on him, is going to mean following him out on some limb where we need God to show up in our lives and keep his promises. If you’re not out on some limb somewhere, taking a risk, doing something that only makes sense if God is real and keeps his word, ask yourself this morning: Do I really trust God to protect and provide in my life? Or am I really assuming that at the end of the day I need to look out for myself?