We wrapped up last week’s reading with the book of Ruth. Ruth is one of my favorite books in the Bible because I love the story of redemption we get to witness. The book begins with a woman named Naomi and her family, (her husband and two sons), fleeing their homeland of Bethlehem due to a famine. After settling in Moab, Naomi’s husband dies and her two sons marry Moabite women. Enter Ruth. After 10 years, both sons also died. Leaving Naomi a widow and childless. Here we see a hurt and broken Naomi. Naomi says in Chapter 1: 20-21, “…the Almighty has dealt bitterly with me. I went away full but the LORD has brought me back empty”. Can you relate to Naomi? You answered God’s call only to be left hurt and broken. I’ve been there. But the redemption we witness as the story continues is beautiful! And we get to witness the same beautiful redemption in our own lives as we continue to follow Christ. 

Naomi hears the famine is over; so widowed and childless, she decides to return to her people. Ruth and the other daughter-in-law plan to go with her, but she sends them home back to their mother’s house. But Ruth refuses to return home. She tells Naomi, “Where you go, I will go; where you stay I will stay; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” Ruth is now doing the very thing that Naomi did at the beginning of the story; leaving all she has ever known to go to a strange land where she may not be accepted. Upon returning to Bethlehem, Ruth feels called to care for Naomi and since it is the beginning of the barley harvest Ruth decides to go out to the fields and glean the leftover grain. Ruth discovers that the field she has been gleaning in belongs to Boaz, a prominent, rich, and upstanding man, who just so happens to be Naomi’s kinsman. Boaz treats Ruth with kindness and provides for her while she is gleaning. After some time, Boaz fulfills his role as their kinsman redeemer, marrying Ruth and redeeming the land that once belonged to Naomi’s family. Just as Boaz, as their kinsman redeemer, redeemed them and gave both Ruth and Naomi a new life, Christ is our kinsman redeemer redeeming us through His death and resurrection and giving us new life. My favorite part of this whole story is at the very end. Because it is here where we get to see the lasting redemption for generations to come. You see, Ruth conceives and bears a son to Boaz. Naomi is no longer bitter. She is blessed with this grandson, Obed, who later became the father of Jesse, the father of David. And generations later, Christ comes to redeem the world through the line of David. A story beginning with such heartache and brokenness, ends with the most beautiful display of redemption for the whole world. Only God can write a story like this. Are you allowing God to write your story? 

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About the Author: Melissa Johnson
Melissa Johnson is passionate about seeing women embrace the call of God on their lives and live in a way that glorifies God. Melissa is married to Pastor Tony and together they have three wonderful children. Melissa is a woman of deep compassion and love that is best expressed over a cup of coffee and a long, meaningful conversation.

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