Read it! Ruth 4:18-22
Salmon the father of Boaz,
Boaz the father of Obed,
Obed the father of Jesse,
and Jesse the father of David.
Think it through
Ruth married Boaz and had a beautiful baby boy. They loved each other and built a life together. Naomi was joyful again. End of story, Amen.
At least that’s what Ruth must have thought. As she lived the rest of her life, I’m sure she looked back on her time of struggle with thankfulness, and maybe a little nostalgia mixed in. The dramatic part of her story came and went, and she probably thought that was all God had in store for her.
And here we are, over 2,000 years later, reading Ruth’s story. Studying her faithfulness, bravery, and redemption. Saved from sin by the birth and death of her holy descendant. Redeemed by Jesus.
In her wildest dreams, she never could have imagined it.
Live it like you mean it
Do you ever feel like the best part of your story is over, or that you’re not leaving a lasting legacy? Only God knows what’s to come for us, and what He will do with the influence we’ve had on this generation and the next.
True, in 2000 years, it’s a virtual certainty that no one will be reading my story. No one will know how my time of deep anxiety shaped my ministry. But now, He’s redeemed my heartache. He’s using my ministry to help other anxious moms (check my “Reducing Anxiety with Jesus” article here), who will in turn teach those skills to their sons and daughters, and so on. Or such is my prayer.
The same is true of you. God knows your bigger picture. The lives you touch in the name of Jesus Christ, even in the smallest of ways, are blessed. And that blessing will be passed down through the generations.
What a joy to be thankful for!
Lift it up
Lord, thank You so much for the story of Ruth. Thank You that her work for You inspires us today, and that You used her story to fulfill prophecy and bring Jesus to us. Lord, today I pray that You would use my story according to Your will, in ways both great and small. Redeem my struggles; make them into life for others. I surrender my story to You, now and always. Amen
Tell Me About It
How might God be using your story?
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