Ruth 4:14 The Guardian-Redeemer

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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!” Ruth 4:14 

Sometimes in life people go through some tough times and feel as if there is no hope left. No matter where they look, all they see is trouble. No matter what they do, all they get is trouble.

It is at this point that many turn to drugs, false gods, other spirits, things, people, or even death. They want to give up and quit. In their eyes there is no hope available, there is no reason to keep fighting to move forward.

Yet, there is a hope.

Naomi and her two daughters-in-law were without husbands. Each husband had died. Then came a severe famine in their land. There was nothing left. However, when they returned to Israel, to Bethlehem, God had a plan in place for them.

It was there that Ruth met Boaz. After a time, he chooses to take care of Naomi and marries Ruth. The women of the town quickly began to say that he is their guardian-redeemer, the one who is to take care of them. Later Ruth has a child, Obed, who is the father of Jesse, who is the father of David. A thousand years later, a grandchild is born of David–Jesus.

Jesus is the one who became the guardian-redeemer of all people who believe in Him and follow God.

As time went along, Boaz, Obed, Jesse, David and Jesus all died, however, only Jesus arose from the dead to be the eternal Guardian-Redeemer. He bought back all the people of God from the world and Satan. He provides everything that a person needs, including the most precious thing–life.

You may be going through tough times right now. It may look as though there is no hope, but only death to end it all. It may look as though God is against you and forgotten you.

However, Jesus and the Father will never forget you. You are written in the palm of His hand. It was for you that Jesus shed His blood on the cross. You have a hope that will last for all eternity.

Believing in and following Jesus will be an eternal hope. He will be your Guardian-Redeemer, Savior forever. You have a hope that the world does not know about.

Don’t give up now. You have a Guardian-Redeemer!

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God is for you; that you will know Jesus paid for your life and will keep it; and that you will know the hope you have of eternity with God in heaven some day.

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Ruth 2:11 Your Character Will Be Known

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Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of  your husband–how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before.” Ruth 2:11 

Things that are done in the home in secret are often thought of as private and that no one knows about it. Yet, it is these actions that show the true character of a person. It shows what they are really like, instead of just putting on a show for the public.

People also talk and learn about what a person is really like. Everywhere a person goes, others are watching and listening. They are subconsciously finding out what a person is really like.

When Ruth and Naomi had moved to Bethlehem, Ruth had begun to gather leftover grain in the field of Boaz. After hearing about her, Boaz made sure she was given extra grain, providing abundantly for her. Ruth noticed the extra provision and asked him why he was treating her so well. He told her that it was because he had learned of everything she had done, leaving her family and homeland to stay with Ruth in a foreign land.

Ruth’s character of selflessness, loyalty and caring was seen by everyone. Her character had preceded her to others, giving her extra favor.

A person’s character will be seen by other people, whether it is good or bad. If it is a bad character, people will stay away and not trust. If it is a good character, they will come near and be faster to support.

Believers also show some character. Their character is to be one that portrays that of Jesus Christ. One of love, mercy, grace, kindness, patience and more. Although these are the characteristics believers should show, many are showing the characteristics of the world, hatred, jealousy, anger, rudeness and impatience.

People are watching you and wanting to know who you really are. They are trying to find out if your actions are matching your words.

If your character is matching that of Jesus, people will be faster to listen to you talk about Him. They will know that you are real in what you say and they will believe that the reason for this is because of Jesus.

If your character is like that of the world’s, then no one will listen to you talk about Jesus.

What is your character saying about you?

I pray today that you will live like Jesus did; that your character will match that of Jesus; that you will live true to God before all people; and that you will see God’s favor on your life. 

 

Ruth 1:22 A Sign Of Hope

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So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning. Ruth 1:22 

Going through difficult times can often make a person feel as though God is against him and forgotten him. Some people have gone through one trouble after another for years and wonder why God is against them.

As people go through difficult times, some will give up and try to do something different to make a change in the circumstances. They will change jobs, move, seek help, and many other attempts, all while crying out to God for help.

Naomi had been going through some difficult times. Her husband had died, leaving her with her two sons and their wives. Later her sons then died, leaving her with just her daughters-in-law. On top of the troubles of being a widow with two daughters, there was a famine in the land. Food was scarce and she could not work.

Feeling as though God cursed her, she changes her name to Mara, meaning bitter, and then chooses to move back to Bethlehem. Her daughter-in-law Ruth chooses to continue to go with her to a foreign country and people.

As they arrive in Bethlehem it was the beginning of the time for harvesting the barley. This is a sign of things about to change. Although it didn’t look like much, God was providing food, despite the famine.

From this point forward the lives of Ruth and Naomi changed drastically.

It is little signs like this that can show a believer that God is still there and with him. It shows that God will provide in the time of need, at the right time and place.

Although, today, most people are not in farming communities, God still does provide in new ways. Sometimes these ways are simple and small, but it is still provision, a sudden small lump of cash, a new open door, an extra gift of food, or more.

You may be going through a tough time and feel as though God has left you. You want to change your name to bitter or broken. Keep moving forward trusting God. Look for that sign that God is still there with you, no matter how little or big that sign may be.

The barley was not much, but it was provision and a sign God had not left them.

God has not left you either and will provide for your needs.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will see God’s provision in your life; and that you will know God is not against you. 

Ruth 4:14 Redeemed

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!” Ruth 4:14

After losing her husband and two sons, Naomi was bitter and thought God was against her. She heads back to Bethlehem with her daughter-in-law, Ruth. While there Ruth starts getting food from the fields of a man named Boaz. Boaz chooses to marry Ruth. In that choice he also begins to provide for Naomi.

In time Ruth gives birth to a son, who becomes the grandfather of David. The women all give praise to God because He had provided a redeemer for Ruth.

A redeemer is one who buys back something to provide for someone else. That person provides for a need or needs of another person.

When Boaz became the redeemer for Naomi, he had started something that God had in plan that would be fulfilled a thousand years later, and yet, again in the future yet to come. Following the lineage of David, you will see that Jesus was a part of it. Jesus became the ultimate redeemer.

You, along with everyone else, has fallen away from God. You had lost true life and was filled with emptiness and hopelessness. Your life was no different than that of Naomi, filled with bitterness and no provision.

When you turned to Jesus, He redeemed your life. He paid the price for your life. It was death on the cross so that you may live a full life for all eternity. God now provides for all of your needs, just as Boaz had provided for Naomi and Ruth.

God has not left you alone and destitute. All you need to do is trust in Jesus and what He has done for you. Do not reject what He is offering you. Do not reject His redeeming your life.

Give God praise for He has not left you without a redeemer today. Give Him praise for His provision of abundant life, now and forever.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know Jesus as your redeemer; that you will give God praise for His provision; and that you will share Jesus with everyone you meet.

Ruth 1:20-21 Seeing Only Misfortune

“Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The LORD has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.” Ruth 1:20-21

Naomi was married and had two sons, both of whom were married, while she lived in Moab. Her husband and both sons died, leaving her alone and on her own. She chooses to move back to Bethlehem and tells the daughters-in-law to stay there. Ruth goes with her.

When Naomi gets to Bethlehem, she changes her name to Mara, which means bitter. She does this because all she sees is sorrow and pain in the loss of her husband and sons. She feels that God is afflicting her and only giving her misfortune.

At this point in her life, Naomi sees only what is happening and not what will occur in the future. She does not see the hand of God in her situation. She does not see that because of this move, her daughter-in-law Ruth will become the grandmother of King David and ultimately Jesus.

As you go through life there are times when things will seem to go completely against you. You will feel empty and defeated under a load of misfortune. You may even start to feel bitter towards God because of the problems He is allowing in your life, thinking that God is out to get you and destroy you.

These things could not be further from the truth. God is for you and not against you. He wants you to succeed. However, He has bigger plans for you than you can see. In order to get you to where you need to be, there are times you must take a rough path of what looks like misfortune.

Going through “misfortune” may be what it takes to move you into position for a greater work or for greater growth.

Rely on God and trust that He knows what He is doing. He is in control. Misfortune in your life may be God’s work to make you better or use you more.

Do not allow yourself to be bitter against God for any “misfortune”, just trust God in it.

I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will not be bitter against God; that God will use you to do great things; that God will make you into the person He needs you to be; and that you will know the joy of serving God.