“The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, for those who seek Him.” Lamentations 3:25
Waiting is very hard and depending on what you are waiting for it can be even harder. Spending time sitting in a hospital waiting room is obviously much more stressful than waiting in line at the store. Your life could change in a moment in that hospital, but it is doubtful the store is going to have a major effect on your lifestyle. No matter what lies in front of you though, if we look to the Lord for His guidance in ALL things, big and small, this verse says the Lord is good to us.
Seek Him, wait on Him, hope in Him and He will be good to you.
“So she kept close to the maidens of Boaz, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests, and she lived with her mother-in-law.” Ruth 2:23
It is so wonderful to have family you can feel comfortable with. I hear of so many families who have discord, dissension and disruption. In the story of Ruth, she decided to return with her mother-in-law, Naomi, to the land Naomi was from. The two women had a good relationship and took care of each other, that’s the way family should be. I am blessed to have a wonderful relationship with my in-laws and they are truly family to me. I can depend on them and they can depend on me.
The three d’s – discord, dissension, and disruption come from pride and putting ones self first. You gain so much more by putting love first and the importance of family.
“Then she said, Let me find favor in your sight, my Lord, for you have comforted me and have spoken to the heart of your maidservant, though I am not as one of your maidservants.” Ruth 2:13
This verse hit home for me, Ruth was not a Jew, yet she was being treated as one. For christians we are the same, we are not jewish, gentile christians anyway, yet God accepts us as if we are. I have heard people say that the old testament was meant for the jews and not the gentiles, or christians, but this verse speaks differently.
He has comforted me and spoken to the heart of His maidservant. I look forward to the day when He will say to me, Well done my good and faithful servant.
“The Lord recompense you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under Whose wings you have come to take refuge.” Ruth 2:12
Continuing in the story of Ruth, she has gone out into the fields to work, to gather enough grain for herself and her mother-in-law. Boaz was the owner of the field and was related to Ruth’s husband. Though she did not approach him for help, but chose to work for it herself, once he found out she was working in the field he wanted to help her. The verse for today is what he told her and he did more for her in this story.
Ruth decided to stay with her mother-in-law, Naomi, to help her since she had lost her husband and two sons, one of which was Ruth’s husband. Ruth could have gone back home to her family, but she chose to stay with Naomi. When we put others needs ahead of our own, I don’t think we need to look for a reward for that from the people we are helping or anyone else – God sees and will reward us. In this situation God used Boaz.
Let us always do for others to please our Lord. When you do something for others in secret the Lord rewards openly. When you do something for others in public you have received your reward already.
“And she said to them, “Don’t call me Naomi, which means pleasant, call me Mara, which means bitter, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.” Ruth 1:20 (Amplified)
That seems to often be the response when bad things happen. God is mad at me, or I have done something wrong. Even if I don’t feel that way sometimes others think that, take Job’s friends for instance. They tried to convince him he must have done something wrong for all the bad stuff that happened to him.
Now obviously if you have been living outside of God’s will, that could affect your life by the consequences of those bad choices. We also should examine our life daily to make sure that we are living a life that is pleasing to God. That being said, bad things happen to good people, godly people, people walking with the Lord. Why?
You aren’t going to like the answer, but neither do I, sometimes we don’t know why. That’s what faith is all about, WE don’t know, but God does.
In this story Naomi goes back home after losing her husband and two sons. She feels she must have done something wrong or God doesn’t like her. As we read through the book of Ruth though, we will find out differently.
“His father and mother did not know that it was of the Lord…..” Judges 14:4
Just like a typical child Samson was not content to look for a wife in his own town, or his own people, he went elsewhere. Though his parents protested, they agreed to his choice. The interesting part in this is that his parents did not realize that the Lord was using this for His glory. They actually thought their son was making a bad choice.
Now this certainly isn’t a justification for making bad choices but, even in our own lives we can look back and see that what was a bad choice helped us. If we are smart we learn from our mistakes. That brings to mind the verse in Romans 8:28 that says “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord.” God has a plan and He works things together for His glory and our good.
Though Samson’s parents didn’t think his choice was good, they had faith in God and that is what we must do as well. When we trust Him He can work.
“And the Angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, Behold, you are barren and have no children, but you shall become pregnant and bear a son.” Judges 13:3
So here we see one of the more famous judges coming on the scene, Samson. God appeared to his parents through an angel who directed them how to raise Samson so that he could be used by Him. Though Samson’s parents did all that God instructed them to in raising Samson he still made some bad choices.
This helps me see how I did all I could do that the Lord wanted me to in raising my son, but that did not stop him from making bad choices. Neither did how my parents raised me stop me from making bad choices. As parents we can not blame ourselves if we raised our children how the Lord wanted us to and then they took a different direction as adults.
In the end though, God was glorified.