Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be
the Lord who has not left you this day without a
Redeemer, and may his name be renowned in
Israel.” (Ruth 4:14)
You may remember from the beginning of Ruth
(see Day 1) that this Israelite woman named
Naomi was barren. In fact, she did not want to
be called Naomi but rather Mara, which means
bitter, because of how the Lord had dealt bitterly
with her. So Naomi is bitter and barren, and
her husband and sons have died.
All she has is a daughter-in-law
from a cursed people known
as the Moabites.
Now, three chapters
later, the Lord is being
blessed for the way
He has dealt with
Naomi. In His grace,
the Lord has blessed
her with a redeemer
(Boaz) and her life is
entirely new. Through
the marriage of Boaz
and Ruth, Naomi has
a son, a daughter-in-law,
and a grandson. And this
grandson will be the father of
Jesse who will be the father of David.
That makes Naomi’s grandson the grandfather
of King David, Israel’s most famous king, and, more
importantly, from whose line King Jesus will come
(Matthew 1:1). You could not write a better script!
You may feel at times like Naomi did in Ruth
1––bitter, barren, hurt, despairing, and hopeless.
But if you’re trusting in Jesus, you can persevere
in hope because bitterness will not have the last
word; bareness will not be the end of the story;
hopelessness and despair will not be the final
refrain. Through His death and resurrection, Christ
has conquered death itself. Those who hope never
need to despair.
In this fallen world, times of mourning will come.
But “he who is in you is greater than he who is in
the world” (1 John 4:4), and He will have the last
word. There is coming a day when sorrow and
death will be no more (Revelation 21:1-4). God
has the power to turn mourning into dancing,
bitterness into blessing.
PRAYING IN LIGHT OF TODAY’S PASSAGE
Pray that your hope will be fixed on Christ so that
you might persevere in the midst of trials and