Her past was horrendous. Her present dismal. Her future bleak. At least that’s how Ruth was feeling about life. Ten years earlier, her mother-in-law, Naomi, had left Israel for Moab to escape a famine with her husband and two sons. Now, tragically, she was returning home a widow and childless, with nothing to her name. Her husband and both of her sons had died. Ruth, her loyal daughter-in-law, was accompanying her on her journey, a young, childless widow herself.
Both Naomi and Ruth felt their lives were over. They saw no joy in their future. But this was not the end of the story. You see, when God is in the picture, the story is never over until His child wins.
What happened next? Ruth went out to find food, and she just “happened” to come to the field of a man named Boaz. Now, Boaz just “happened” to be a close relative of Naomi, who just “happened” to be a very wealthy man, who just “happened” to love Ruth at first sight, who just “happened” to be her kinsman redeemer.
Now, that’s a whole lot of “just happenings,” but I love how things “just happens” when the Lord is taking care of us. And how He can turn things around one-hundred eighty degrees for us. That’s what He did for Ruth. And that’s what He’ll do for you when your situation requires it.
The death of Ruth’s husband left her without a child and without a future. But when God blessed her with Boaz, her kinsman-redeemer, things turned around completely. Not only did Boaz provide her with the love of a caring husband and supplied all her material needs, God gave them a son, Obed, making her the great grandmother of King David and putting her in the blood line of Jesus, the Son of God. What a turn around! Her life was never the same.
Child of God, don’t give up when things seem hopeless. Jesus is your kinsman-redeemer. He’s your close relative because He became a human-being like you. He’s extremely wealthy, having ownership of heaven and earth, and everything in between. And like Boaz, He loved you at first sight and took you under His wings. You are the bride of Christ!
Lift up your head. Beautify yourself. Your story is still being written. Don’t allow yourself to put a period where God has put comma. If Boaz could turn things around for Ruth so completely, can you imagine what Jesus, your heavenly Boaz, your kinsman-redeemer, will do for you?