Have you ever met a woman who inspires, challenges and encourages you all at the same time? Do you know someone with so much courage, faith and obedience it doesn’t even seem possible? Is there someone that comes to mind when you think of the word “redeemed’?
This person for me is Ruth.
Ruth 2:16-17 says, “But Ruth said, ‘Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.'”
What It Tells Us About Being Redeemed:
Ruth inspires me on some many levels. One way is to let the past be the past and not carry it into the future. You see, Ruth lost her husband, she was left with no children and she was now living with her mother-in-law. (A scary thought for some of you, I’m sure!) However, even though she had just lost her husband, she didn’t allow that to keep her stuck. Instead, she kept moving forward.
We all have a purpose, and Ruth realized this fact. She went on with her life and lived in obedience to God, even though her heart must have been shattered into a million pieces at the loss of her husband and her barrenness. However, she remained faithful, and she dared to press on in life and see what else God had in store for her. Maybe all she could do was hope for God’s best in her heartache? Nonetheless, she pushed forward in certainty that God would provide for her.
Even though we may not be able to see what God is doing in our lives, He has a purpose. Ruth had no idea the plans God had for her life, but she walked in faith that God would follow through with His plan for her life.
Her faithfulness to her mother-in-law encourages me as well. She stuck with her and provided for her. She cared for her and loved her. She followed her and trusted her. She followed God, and God redeemed her.
Ruth followed God without expecting anything in return. She knew God would provide for her, which is exactly what He did. He took an unlikely girl on a heartbreaking journey with her mother-in-law, picking food from a farm and He redeemed her.
If you follow God, He will redeem you too! No matter who or where you are, God can lead you on a journey of redemption as well. You can be redeemed!
The most amazing part of this story is not that God gave her a new husband or that God provided food for her. No, through Ruth’s family lineage, Jesus would be born. This part of her story is the most amazing part. I know I say it over and over again, but God uses the ordinary people and makes them extraordinary. He uses the unlikely people, and He makes them remarkable pieces of His Majestic Plan.
So my challenge for you is to leave a heritage of faith your family will want to follow. Ruth sure did. I’m sure it wasn’t easy for her, but she picked herself up and began to move forward on the most amazing journey God would ever send her on. She followed him through the difficult times and the good times and ended up being a woman many adore thousand of years later. What a heritage she left! God was at work in Ruth’s life, and He is working in your life, my friend. It may be hard, but God will carry you through. God will fill you up if you are heartbroken. No matter where you are in your life, you can be redeemed. God loves you and is pursuing you. You only have to choose to follow Him.
God, thank You for leading me through the times I think are impossible. Thank You for leading me closer to You. Allow me to never forget You always lead my life with Your Plan in mind, and Your plan is always better than mine. Help me to walk in faith with my eyes always looking to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What holds you back from allowing God to redeem your life?
I would love for you to leave me a comment below to answer the question, ask questions or share anything you want me to know! Thanks for reading, and I hope you stop by again next Wednesday!