I do apologize I’m not a super prolific blog writer. I hope to become much better:) Friends, we have been on an amazing journey through the book of Ruth these past two weeks and will finish up here in the next two weeks. If you haven’t been on this journey with us you are invited to come and experience what God is doing through this powerful story of pain, loss, drama, heartbreak, and ultimately redemption and faithfulness. God is good. God is faithful. The story of Ruth reminds us of that in powerful ways. Here are a few things to remember.
- Pain and loss are part of life’s journey. Ruth and Naomi in this powerful story endure heartbreak, pain, loss, and death in ways that many of us have experienced. The picture here is a reminder that even in the midst of loss and grief God is with you. You don’t have feel alone or abandoned. Now, in the moment of trial it can seem easy to forget how much and how great God loves you. But, we’re reminded in this story how God provides and how God takes tough situations and brings about great blessing for those who remain faithful. Wherever you find yourself at you’ll need to trust God, and let your trust be great and unconditional. Trust God to help heal your past, make sense of your present, and guide your future. Regardless of your situation, trust God and know that He is for you.
- People are many times what God uses to answer prayers. I challenge you to really wrestle with this notion: what are the instruments or the tools that God uses to answer prayers? Now, I believe in a powerful, big God who can use and do anything He pleases. However, God chooses many times to use people to answer prayers. When we pray for healing God sends people in our lives to encourage, comfort, and bless us. When we pray for wisdom God has a way of bringing people to us who often have great and wise things to say. One of the primary ways God answers prayers is through people. As chapter 2 unfolds I encourage you to see that Boaz is a redeemer, family member, but also an answer to Naomi and Ruth’s prayer. Boaz is generous, kind, and willing to give Ruth a chance. This week I challenge you to be generous, be kind, and give someone a chance. You’ll be amazed at how God can open doors.