“So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and he went in to her. And the LORD enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed is the LORD who has not left you without a redeemer today, and may his name become famous in Israel. May he also be to you a restorer of life and a sustainer of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.””
Ruth 4:13-15 NASB
Naomi and her sons fled the hard times in Israel and went to Moab. The sons died, one daughter in law, left her, and one Ruth the Moabites stayed with her. My heart melted this morning as I finished reading the book of Ruth. In that story I could see the care of God. It resonated with me so deeply, as mine is a life not unlike that of Naomi.
Naomi had returned to Bethlehem a broken woman. She had lost everything, and the future was bleak. In that culture, the children took care of the elderly. There was no safety net, no stimulus, no food banks. She was on her own. God in His sovereignty provided for Naomi in ways that she could not imagine. Before there was a need, he brought Ruth into the Naomi’s life. He knew of her need from the foundation of the earth.
I am one needing the provision of God everyday. In that need, I can attest to His faithfulness. We are in a struggle today, as a very real virus threatens to grind everything to a halt. Illness is shutting down work places and threatening everything.
I am saddened as the quarantine is causing job loss, and even the demise of small businesses. Sadly, it is also taking so many from confidence in God’s faithfulness. Eyes are on the economic cost, and the sociopolitical dynamics of this present time. Many are worrying about our liberties granted by our man made constitution, and forgetting about the ultimate liberty we have in Jesus.
We are lucky to have such concerns, as the majority of believers in the world have no assurances of liberty, or freedom to worship. Those people are like Ruth and Naomi, dependent on God. In so many cases there are no laws protecting them. Ironically the Gospel is bearing more fruit in places where there is less freedom.
I do believe that God is pushing us into a time of testing. In this situation, our spiritual integrity is being tested to see if we have the resolve to focus on the Lord. I admit that it is hard. There are mornings when I awaken with a oppressive spirit of dread. I know this is from the evil one. I waste little time, seek the Lord.
We are walking on a narrow path, with steep drops on either side. Those steep drops are filled with temptation designed to take our eyes off Jesus. We are like Peter walking on the sea: as long as we see Jesus we are fine. The moment we shift our attention to the turbulent seas, we sink.
Believers, remember Ruth. She was a Moabite, not of the household of faith. But God. He saw her heart, devoted to Naomi, and used her to not only provide, but extend the family line. Remember, we are grafted in. By faith in Jesus we are afforded the benefits of the household of God as joint heirs.
“Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab, Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse.”
Matthew 1:5 NASB
God honored Ruth. She is named in the genealogy of Jesus. God is faithful! He knows what you need, He is ahead of all things. He is in control. Because of this, you can have peace. I know people on the cusp of losing everything. I also know, first hand of God’s power to deliver. I weep over those who have forgotten this, as they are losing hope.
My prayer is that we all pause, be stilled, and know that He is God. Take some time today to mediate on the good things. Meditate on His faithfulness. This time is a call to action. We are in a spiritual war.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:10-12 NASB
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