Today’s Reading: Ruth 3-4
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Key Verse: Ruth 4:13
So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son.
Ruth had little reason to expect anything good from life. As a young widow she travelled with her mother-in-law, also a widow, to a land completely foreign to her. There the two widows had no human reason to expect anything other than a harsh, hand-to-mouth existence. In Bethlehem they would glean some grain to make bread and live on the generosity of others. But God had a different plan. Ruth is redeemed by Boaz. This redemption is a picture of what our divine Redeemer, a descendant of Boaz and Ruth, Jesus of Nazareth, has done for us. Naomi, who had lost her husband and two sons, would now have a grandson, Obed, and a great-grandson, Jesse, followed by a great-great-grandson, King David.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, You are my Kinsman Redeemer. You were born right there in Bethlehem, where Ruth gave birth to Your ancestor, Obed. Help me, dear God, to trust Your long-term plans which are for my good. Also, help me to trust Your short-term plans. You had everything arranged for Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. I’m trusting You to guide each step I take. In Your caring Name I pray, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
My sister-in-law, Evelyn, lost her first husband and her only two children in a tragic car accident many years ago. She could have been in total depression, and one would’ve expected her to withdraw from life. But instead, she went from church to church telling of the grace of God which she was experiencing. As a result, many came to faith in Christ, including members of her family. Like Ruth, she declared her faith in God and God restored her. She married my brother-in-law, Ralph Rutledge, and God gave her three more children, Ruth, David, and Jonathan. Malachi 3:6 tells me about God’s faithfulness, “I am the Lord, I do not change.”
Yours for trusting God in all things,
Thank You, Father, for this Your day. Help us rejoice and be glad in it! We pray help, help, help for all Your people. May they recognize that You are there for them, in Jesus’s great name, amen
And, from Anne Graham Lotz’s devotional, ‘Daily Light’:
“The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. § [Jesus is] the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person. § The god of this age has blinded [their minds], who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
Make Your face shine upon Your servant; save me for Your mercies’ sake. Do not let me be ashamed, O Lord, for I have called upon You. § Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled. § Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance.
The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.
Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
Num. 6:25–26; John 1:18; Heb. 1:3; 2 Cor. 4:4;
Ps. 31:16–17; 30:7; 89:15; 29:11; Matt. 14:27
Amen to your prayer Rob and thanks for sharing the Devotional from Anne Graham Lotz.
It is very encouraging and assuring to know that
our God is always with us.
I prayed David’s Prayer for Today.
A beautiful morning today in S Ontario! Thank You Lord. A Wonderful prayer from David M & from Rob. I attended The Church where Ralph & Evelyn served for about 11 years. Wonderful years and a great church. There were prayer meetings regularly 3 times a week. The children born to Ralph & Evelyn were great kids (& now adults). Blessings on them all & on all the blog folk today.