Today’s Reading: Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22 (additional reading: Psalm 105:1-15 and Proverbs 14:25 )
Don’t you love a good comeback? Don’t you love it when the underdog wins? It does our hearts good to see someone get back up after they’ve been knocked down by the tragedies of life. That’s the story of the book of Ruth. The story begins with Ruth as a young woman. Her life seems to hold a bright future. She marries a husband with strong family ties. They begin building a life together. But in a few short years, her family is demolished by death. Ruth’s husband, father-in-law, and brother-in-law all die. Ruth has no blood relation with have to start over.
The story of Ruth contains at least three powerful principles for STARTING OVER WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE IT:
FIND SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS HURTING AND BE A FRIEND TO HIM OR HER. Underneath the surface of this story, there’s a motivation for Ruth staying with her mother-in-law and I think this may be the first clue. God uses and blesses people who don’t get all wrapped up in themselves all the time! And the interesting thing is, we help ourselves out of trouble when we decide to help others out of trouble. God wants us to be like Him, always giving, unselfish and ministering to the needs of others.
SINCE YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE RISKS IN LIFE, TAKE SOME FOR GOD! Some of us are greater risk takers than others but even a turtle has to stick his neck out to get anywhere in life. Since we’re forced to take some calculated risks, why not take some for the One who has done so much for us? Ruth risked following Naomi back to the land of her God and it paid great dividends!
EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM GOD! Ruth became the great-grandmother to King David! How did this happen? Someone in Ruth’s deceased husband’s family had to buy back or “redeem” the right to own the land in Israel that would have belonged to him. That “kinsman redeemer”, as they called him, was Boaz. But don’t misunderstand, this wasn’t just a business deal – it is a love story! Boaz didn’t want the land, he wanted Ruth’s hand in marriage. He had fallen in love with her watching her commitment to her mother-in-law and her gleaning in the barley fields. Who would ever have dreamed an outsider, a Moabite woman, would be in the very lineage of Christ Himself? GOD DID!
God knew you before you were born. He knows what’s going on in your life right now! You can expect great things from Him if you will take risks for Him like Ruth did. You can expect great things from Him when you will look after the needs of others and not just your own needs. And you know what else? He cares so much, He sent Jesus to become our “kinsman redeemer”!
- How can you look past your needs and to the needs of others?
- What are you expectations of God?
Father, Thank You for sending Jesus to redeemer us. Thank You for taking us from a bad place, to a place in Your family. Thank You that You are always doing the best for us. Help us to stop living so self-centred lives and to look also to the needs of others. In Jesus’ name, Amen