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"Redeeming Love"


"Then she said, "Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day."

Ruth 3:18

As we read the book of Ruth chapter three we are reminded like Ruth is, that our redemption is worth the wait. When I read chapter three I am reminded of the words of Isaiah 40:31, "But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Maybe you are going through a tough time in life right now, and if so I pray you have people in your like who are like Naomi, a true friend who doesn't necessarily tell you what you want to hear but is motivated by love and wants the best for you and is willing to tell you what you need to hear for your good and even more important, the glory of God. As a person of Jewish ancestry Naomi knows the Jewish customs and laws and can help secure a hope and a future for Ruth. If only Ruth will trust her and listen.

If you are experiencing a hardship in your life right now let me encourage you to lie down at the feet of your Boaz, Jesus Himself and look to Him for your comfort. Bring all your burdens and lay them at His feet. I encourage you to cast all your cares upon Jesus knowing, He cares about you! Just like Boaz wouldn't waste any time in redeeming Ruth, God has not wasted any time in redeeming us. 2 Peter 3:9 reminds us, "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."

The book of Galatians teaches us that at just the right time Jesus was born into this world. Galatians 4:3-4 says, "Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law." Jesus didn't waste any time while He walked on earth. He was always about the Fathers business and when the time was just right as the scriptures teach us in Luke 9:51, "Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem". Not even the suffering of the beatings He endured or the physical, emotional and spiritual pain of the Cross could distract Jesus from redeeming us and completing the work that He came to do. Just as the Bible tells us, He set His face like flint towards Jerusalem to make sure we could be assured a place in glory. Jesus did not rest until He secured a future and hope for all who would come to Him by faith. Talk about redeeming love! Thank you Jesus!

Just think, everything we have ever gone through in this life will be worth it one day when we get to heaven and our understanding is no longer limited by our finite minds. Don't be discouraged if today you appear to be going through a drought or a season of life that seems more like winter than it does spring time and harvest. Don't quit swinging your sickle, loved one, continue to glean the truth of God's Word as man can't live on bread alone. Determine to grow in your faith knowing that at just the right moment in time, and not a moment too late, Jesus will return for us and take us home to be with Him just like Boaz did for Ruth in our story here in the book bearing her name.

"But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine."

Isaiah 43:1


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