Lessons From Ruth, Part VIII

Read Ruth 4:11-22

Then the elders and all the people at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. 12 Through the offspring the Lord gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.” So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth t o a son. The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!  He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.” Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him.   The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. This, then, is the family line of Perez:

Perez was the father of Hezron,

Hezron the father of Ram,

Ram the father of Amminadab,

 Amminadab the father of Nahshon,

Nahshon the father of Salmon,

Salmon the father of Boaz,

Boaz the father of Obed,

 Obed the father of Jesse,

and Jesse the father of David.

Although a painful journey, God redeemed Ruth and Naomi.  He cared not only for their physical needs, but for their emotional needs too. He is a just God and a loving Father!

In time, Ruth and Naomi learned to love again. Their hearts, which once were so deeply hurt, wholly healed; and they continued to love the Lord and serve Him.

Life Application

What journey are you on today?  Are trials taking a toll on your faith? Or on your heart?

Wherever you are, by choice or by chance, cling to God.

He promises to supply all your needs.  Physical, emotional, spiritual. His grace is sufficient,

He will not abandon you in the midst of your sorrow.  Cling to Him, and allow Him to carry you through.

Like Ruth and Naomi, let Him lead you to the next chapter of your life.  Let Him teach you to love again.  Although life’s plot is filled with unseen twists and turns,if you allow God to author it, this is one story that is guaranteed to have a happy ending.

 

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