Today I am making use of the rule that this challenge has to be flexible. I had intended on reading Ezekiel today, but a migraine schedule changes and an overall topsy turvy day lead me to the book of Ruth instead.
Like some of the other books I’ve read, this one is an old favorite. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve read Ruth over the years. As I looked at it again today I’m reminded of God’s abundant blessings.
Naomi left Israel with her family and returned with only her daughter-in-law. She even tells her friends and family who welcome her home to change her name to Mara because her life is bitter- by the Lord’s hand. She says that she “…went away full, but the Lord has brought me home empty.” (Ruth 1:19b)
But starting almost immediately after that you start to see God’s abundant provision. He bring Ruth to Boaz’s field where he blesses her gathering and provides extra portions for her. And she stays through the entire barley harvest and the wheat harvest! After that, Boaz redeems Ruth and they have a son to continue the line of Naomi’s husband- something she told Ruth would be impossible (Ruth 1:12-13).
But even more so, the very end of the book leads us to God’s ultimate provision. Because it tells us that Ruth’s son was Obed, the father of Jesse. Who was the father of David- and through David we are most abundantly blessed with Jesus!
Tomorrow I’ll be heading back to Ezekiel. See you then!