Not Forgotten


Published August 23, 2019
Not Forgotten
The women said to Naomi, “Praise be to the Lord who this day has not left you without a Kinsman-Redeemer.” Ruth 4:14
Naomi’s story is one of personal tragedy and feeling alone, without hope. But it is one that encourages me when it seems like everything is going wrong in my life.

Naomi’s husband had died, along with her two sons. All she had left were two daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth. Naomi had nothing to offer either of these women, so with the encouragement of Naomi, Orpah returned to her family and country. Ruth stayed with Naomi, but had to adjust to living in Naomi’s country and among Naomi’s people, herself a widow as well. She also had to go out and gather leftover grain in the fields in order to provide some food for her mother-in-law and herself.

Naomi must have been filled with grief and despair, because when she returned to her people, she asked them not to call her Naomi anymore, which means “pleasant” but Mara, which means “bitter.” She told them that the “Almighty has made my life very bitter” (Ruth 1:20).

But God was at work behind the scenes. He did not leave Naomi without hope. God sent salvation for her in the form of Boaz, a relative of hers. In a very symbolic ceremony, he redeemed the “lostness” of Naomi, giving her a future and a hope. When Boaz and Ruth married, they had a son who would be part of the lineage of Christ, the ultimate Redeemer.

No matter how lost you feel right now, God is at work on your behalf in ways that you may not be able to see. God’s very nature is one of Redeemer, of buying back lost or hopeless causes. He may seem far away at times, but he has not forgotten about you. He sees you in your grief and in your disillusionment with life. Help is coming!

Redeemer God, you know the despair I feel at times. Help me to believe that you’ve already made a way for me, and that you are going before me, even if I cannot see what you are doing for me right now. Help me to trust in Jesus, my Kinsman-Redeemer! Amen.

By Karen Woodard
Used by Permission




Hope in the Lord

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and will not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Thought

It is easy for us to live victoriously for the Lord when we soar on eagles wings. It can be exciting when we run and don’t grow weary in the work of the Lord, buoyed by his power and presence. But it often takes heroes to keep walking and not faint when trying times come. Keep on walking, brother and sister. The Lord is there when you most fear he has forgotten you!

Prayer:

 Majestic God, whose voice holds together our universe, give those who can barely walk under the stress and assault the strength to continue. I specifically want to pray for those I know personally who are facing trying times. Please, dear LORD, give them strength and meet their most pressings needs. Through the intercession of Jesus I ask it. Amen.

by Phil Ware
used with permission. You can also follow Phil’s daily devotionals on http://www.verseoftheday.com


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