Thursday, December 14 – Ruth 3:8-9; 4:9-10
And it happened in the middle of the night that the man was startled and bent forward; and behold, a woman was lying at his feet. So he said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth your slave. Now spread your garment over your slave, for you are a redeemer.”
Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses today that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and Mahlon. Furthermore, I have acquired Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, to be my wife in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance, so that the name of the deceased will not be eliminated from his brothers or from the court of his birth place; you are witnesses today.”
Something about restoration fascinates us and draws us in. We have home renovation shows that depict the transformation from a run-down place to a beautiful home. Many times, the finished product is even greater than the beauty of the home when it was brand new. Our heavenly Father has always been in the business of restoration. He takes what is broken and written off and makes it even more beautiful than anyone could have imagined. He is the ultimate Redeemer.
God redeemed Ruth from a life of destitution and loneliness to a place of honor and community in the people of God when she surrendered her life and way to Him. So many of us have broken pieces of our lives, places of hurt, and areas where we are hopeless. But in God’s hands, we have hope with these broken pieces. We have hope of redemption, that goes beyond this moment and present situation. Romans 8:26-28 says, “Now in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” In the moments when we don’t know what to do, we long for this greater redemption that only God can bring about. We can rest assured when we don’t see the path of relief and resolve, our God will redeem what is broken when we surrender to Him.
- What are some of the broken areas of your life that you need God to redeem?
- How does God’s story of redemption in Ruth’s life encourage you?
- Pray and ask God to redeem the broken areas of your life.