He Never Leaves Us Empty Handed
“You must not go back empty-handed to your mother-in-law.” Ruth 3:17
If you are in a time of waiting, please know that while you may have to endure passivity, God is active. I believe that God wants us show us today that while we may feel hollow and brittle, He has never left us empty handed.
When Ruth returned to her mother-in-law after visiting Boaz in the middle of the night, she walked into their dwelling place with six measures of barley in her arms. They had provision as they waited. When we are in the thick of difficult circumstances, we can feel burned out and at the end of ourselves. We may feel that we have nothing to offer anyone. Maybe we can’t even help ourselves. But here’s the deal, were we ever really able to help ourselves? If God orchestrates every heartbeat, every breath we take, then are we the ones who are in control?
When Ruth walked in with that barley, Naomi knew that everything would be OK. We are in the same position both corporately and personally. Corporately, we, the church, the body of believers, are waiting for Jesus to come back for us. I often think about the heartbreak the disciples and other believers must have felt as Jesus ascended. But He promised the Holy Spirit. He never leaves us empty. Though we are empty, in and of ourselves, there is all the more room for His power to work through us. On a personal level, we wait for God to intervene on our behalf. We wait for healing. We wait for deliverance. As we give ourselves over to God’s will, He is able to use us. His Word says that “God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise…” (1 Corinthians 1:27) He will equip us for the future.
Dear Heavenly Father
Forgive me for not fully submitting to the trials that You have for me. I choose You because You chose me first. My life is yours. You didn’t hold back Your Son, I won’t hold back anymore. In Jesus Precious Name, Amen