His Word is a Lamp: Ruth
With the faithful, You prove Yourself faithful.
Ps. 18:25a, CSB
Ruth showed herself faithful both to Naomi and, ultimately to God, when she committed herself to go wherever Naomi would go, would live where Naomi lived, Naomi’s people would be her people, and God would be her God (see Ruth 1:16-17). Once in Bethlehem, Ruth again shows her faithfulness to Naomi when she offers to go glean grain from a nearby field. She “happened” to be in the part of the field owned by Boaz, a relative of Naomi’s deceased husband. Boaz treated her kindly and ultimately married Ruth to be her Kinsman Redeemer.
This was the path of Redemption for Ruth. Only God could have orchestrated such a path.
God has orchestrated a path of redemption for us but it’s a different path. Jesus is that path. Through His life on earth, death on the cross, and resurrection, He became the pathway for our redemption. He bought us back out of slavery to serve the Father in Heaven. Only He could have done such a thing on our behalf, only He could have rescued us from sin, ourselves, and eternal lostness.
Job speaks of this, hundreds of years before Christ ever stood on the earth He created. Job said, “But I know my Redeemer lives, and at the end He will stand on the dust. Even after my skin has been destroyed, yet I will see God in my flesh. I will see Him myself, and not as a stranger. My heart longs within me.” (Job 19:25-27, CSB)
By faith, Job knew that he would not only experience redemption but that he would see the Redeemer Himself. We would do well to have that kind of faith. Let our hearts be filled with longing for our Redeemer!
Our Redeemer lives!
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