Thursday, 23 April 2020

Good morning Church family

This morning I have been reading the book of Ruth. What an amazing woman, so selfless. She left her home and what seemed at the time, an easier way of life, to follow her mother-in-law Naomi back to Bethlehem. “But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”” Ruth 1:16-17 NIV

You see I think Ruth found something in the God of Naomi that was worth giving up everything for. She also lived in obedience to His principles, knowing that God would have wanted her to look after her mother-in-law. Boaz, her future husband on meeting her for the first time said the following “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. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”” Ruth 2:11-12 NIV

When you surrender your life to God it enables Him to step in and take it where He has always intended it to go. And just look at what kind of life God had in mind for Ruth. A husband to replace the one she lost, a man who took tender loving care of her and Naomi, a stable home and a son. A son who would become the grandfather to King David and eventually it is from this line that Jesus came. No longer an outcast, a foreigner, Ruth found her place because she chose to take refuge under God’s wing.

God bless your day ahead as you find shelter under His wing!

Laurie

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