“Also Ruth the Moabite, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance, that the name of the dead may be not cut off from among his brothers and from the gate of his native place. You are witnesses this day.”
At the time of our salvation, we change hands. Our redemption is proclaimed and celebrated in Heaven.
Back during Old Testament times, business dealings and transactions were as public as weddings. They happened at the town gate in front of the town leaders and before anyone else who wanted to watch. Ruth may have approached Boaz in the secret of night but Boaz completed the redemption in public. (Not unlike Nicodemus seeking Jesus .)
When we become children of God, the very beginning is just between Him and us. Baptism comes next as we publicly acknowledge that we are a new creation and belong to Jesus.
And none of this would have happened had there not been a famine. Without the famine, Ruth would not have ever met her first husband. She would never travel with her mother-in-law, Naomi, to Israel.
So the next time you feel shame from your past… The next time you feel regret that it took you so long to give your heart to Jesus… The next time you mourn your current imperfection (I’m speaking to myself here)… Remember that had those terrible things not happened in your life, you might not know Jesus. And your flaws (and mine), while hopefully will improve, are a reminder of how much we need Jesus. Also, they help us relate to others. Do you think the Apostle Paul would have been as effective had he not been a murderer? God used his story. Will you let him use yours?
Dear Heavenly Father
Please forgive me for resisting, out of pride, sharing my story. Famine is part of my redemption story. Thank you for loving me enough to driving me back into Your arms. In Jesus Precious Name, Amen
Has God used a bad situation in your life to get you to a better one?
Is there anything in your life story that you are hesitant to share? Why?