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Think Truth

Philippians 4:8

Ruth 1:19-21 & 4:14-17

Have you ever judged too dramatically in a situation? Maybe you’ve allowed yourself to exaggerate the circumstances to allow yourself comfort, pity? You criticize and condemn and make yourself believe that nothing can bring you back from what you’ve experienced?

Naomi was the same way when she returned to her home country. People came to greet her and she rejected them. She told them not to call her Naomi. She announced that she had changed her name to Mara, meaning that The Lord had dealt bitterly with her. Yes, her husband and two sons died. No, I’m not even capable of comprehending how she felt. But she judged the situation wrong. She told the people that The Lord was against her…out to get her. She had allowed her grief to balloon into false accusations that she believed to be true, which eventually turned into anger toward God.

Fast forward. Neighborhood women are once again gathering around Naomi. But this time she is rejoicing, answering to her given name. Holding her infant grandson, Obed…part of the lineage of David.

God never chose for Naomi to change her name to Mara. It was all her doing. He knew that a greater blessing was in her future. He wasn’t being mean or vindictive as she had allowed herself to believe. He was paving the way for a monumental blessing in her life.

When devastating times come your way walk closer to Jesus instead of pushing Him away. Know that He has the best plans for you in mind, even as you’re going through a terrible trial. And then, through His strength, focus only on what you know to be true….don’t allow your mind to wander.

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Be the Good

Hebrews 13:1

Ruth 2:4-17

Ruth worked from morning until evening. She was determined to be a sufficient provider for herself and her mother in law. Her choice work: gleaning barley in Boaz’s fields.

Boaz took notice of Ruth. He valued the kindness and generosity of Ruth. He knew that the work she was doing, the way she was giving of herself, wasn’t to entirely benefit herself but that she was trying to be a blessing to her mother in law.

Her actions inspired Boaz to treat her with the same kindness and generosity. Instructions were given to allow extra barley fall for Ruth to pick up and for her to eat and drink at his house.

In what way do you react when you see someone give of their self?

Do you turn the other way or do you encourage them?

Boaz noticed the good work Ruth was doing and encouraged her by helping her to obtain her goal more easily.

As Christians we can and should help each other. Take notice of the good works going on around you. Generously give of yourself by saying an encouraging word to them for their efforts or spend time with The Lord on their behalf.

Reward their good works instead of turning the other way.

Back It Up

I Corinthians 9:14

Ruth 1:15-19

Naomi, her husband and their two sons had left their home years before, traveling to what they thought would be a better life for all of them. Instead, Naomi’s husband and two sons died in the foreign land. Naomi and her daughters in law were on their own.

Both daughters in law offered words of comfort to Naomi. Both spoke words of encouragement to her. But Ruth backed up her words with actions.

Ruth not only told Naomi how much she meant to her and that she would be there for whenever she needed someone…she showed her. Ruth left everything of her former life to become Naomi’s support, both emotionally and financially.

The sincerity of Ruth’s words shone through when she supported them with her actions.

Just don’t watch what you say, show it.

And More

Ephesians 3:20

Ruth just wanted her and her mother in laws life to be sustained. She went to Boaz’s field with that intention.

She left that evening with more barley than she had planned on, a place to refresh herself when she became weary and food and water to give her strength.

She went into the fields expecting to just get by and left with blessings that exceeded her imagination.

Isn’t that just like our lives with Jesus?

We come to Him just wanting a Savior. But in addition to that he feeds us, supplies our every need and gives us rest. He becomes our Provider.

Humble yourselves before The Lord. He has great plans to bless you beyond what you can even fathom.

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