Devotional: ‘God is Still Working, Even When We Can’t See Him’

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Ruth 2:20 “May the Lord bless him!” Naomi told her daughter-in-law. “He is showing his kindness to us as well as to your dead husband. That man is one of our closest relatives, one of our family redeemers.” NLT

As we saw in our study yesterday, Naomi was a woman who had become very bitter against God. First her husband had died and then her two sons. As a result of these painful experiences, she changed her name from Naomi which means pleasant or sweet, to Mara which means angry or bitter.

Naomi became bitter because she believed that God had abandoned her. Yet the Bible reveals to us that He hadn’t. Though Naomi could not see it, God was working behind the scenes and He was about to do something that she could have never imagined. The verses we just read tells us that Ruth was guided to glean in the field of a man named Boaz. Boaz was not only a very wealthy man, he was also a relative of Ruth’s deceased husband and father-in-law. He was what scripture calls a ‘kinsman redeemer.’

During those days there was a custom that allowed a kinsman to purchase and redeem the property his relative had been forced to sell. Apparently Elimelech had sold his property about the time he had decided to move to Moab, and therefore, because Elimelech and his sons were now dead, and because Naomi no longer had any property, as far as she could tell – she and her daughter-in-law Ruth were totally destitute.

Yet they were not totally destitute. God was still working on their behalf. God still had a plan for how He would bless them.

1) God would bless them by providing for them their daily bread

Ruth 2:8 Boaz went over and said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter. Stay right here with us when you gather grain; don’t go to any other fields. Stay right behind the young women working in my field. 9 See which part of the field they are harvesting, and then follow them. I have warned the young men not to treat you roughly. And when you are thirsty, help yourself to the water they have drawn from the well.” NLT

2) He would bless them by raising up a kinsman redeemer who could purchase back their mortgaged property

Ruth 2:20 “May the Lord bless him!” Naomi told her daughter-in-law. “He is showing his kindness to us as well as to your dead husband. That man is one of our closest relatives, one of our family redeemers.” NLT

3) He would bless them by providing Ruth a loving husband

Ruth 4:9 Then Boaz said to the elders and to the crowd standing around, “You are witnesses that today I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelech, Kilion, and Mahlon. 10 And with the land I have acquired Ruth, the Moabite widow of Mahlon, to be my wife. NLT

4) He would bless them by giving Ruth and Boaz a child and thus allowing Naomi to enjoy the blessing of being a grandmother

Ruth 4:13 So Boaz took Ruth into his home, and she became his wife. When he slept with her, the Lord enabled her to become pregnant, and she gave birth to a son. 14 Then the women of the town said to Naomi, “Praise the Lord, who has now provided a redeemer for your family! May this child be famous in Israel. 15 May he restore your youth and care for you in your old age. For he is the son of your daughter-in-law who loves you and has been better to you than seven sons!” 16 Naomi took the baby and cuddled him to her breast. And she cared for him as if he were her own. 17 The neighbor women said, “Now at last Naomi has a son again!” NLT

5) And He would ultimately bless them by making them a part of the lineage of the Lord Jesus Christ

Matthew 1:1 This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah , a descendant of David… 5 Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab). Boaz was the father of Obed (whose mother was Ruth). Obed was the father of Jesse. 6Jesse was the father of King David.

Today’s and yesterday’s devotions have been written especially for those of you who are discouraged. Perhaps something has happened in your life that has made you wonder if God is good and if He really cares. I pray that the story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz will renew your hope and help you to realize that God is still working, even though perhaps right now – you may not be able to see Him. I also encourage you to take the time to read the book of Ruth. It’s only four chapters long, but they are some of the richest chapters in all the Bible. God bless.

 

 

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