13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. 14 The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”
The fairy tale ending…Ruth and Boaz together at last. A son. An heir.
Naomi, who left Bethlehem blessed, then came back bitter, is now full. Oh how our stories can change. We never know what lies ahead. No matter how bad things seem, nothing is beyond repair. Nothing is outside the loving arms and perfect plans of God.
The women say a blessing over Naomi. The Lord is praised. God’s provision of a guardian-redeemer has come through for Naomi.
From the beginning when sin first entered our lives through Adam and Eve, God had a redeemer in mind. And it is even better than Boaz, this character we have grown to love…this protector and man of honorable character.
God ultimately had in mind His one and only son. The only sinless person to enter the world. God in the flesh who took our sins upon Himself and died on the cross with them so we could be redeemed for eternity if we put our trust in Him.
The women tell Naomi that her daughter-in-law (Ruth) loves her and has proven better than any amount of sons…the one thing Naomi thought she needed for her future well-being.
Gods plans will also prove better than any we could imagine. God, whose creativity made all things, has things in store for our lives that are beyond our small scale thinking and imagination.
Do you believe this? Do you think God has good plans for you?
Have you ever prayed about a particular situation and followed where you felt God was leading you? What was the outcome?
Tell God that you want to surrender to His will and His plans. Pray to see people and situations and opportunities through His eyes. Seek His guidance in decisions. Do your part. And then watch God work.
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