Day 11

A Life Restored

from the Ruth reading plan


Ruth 4:13-17, Psalm 127, Proverbs 24:27

BY Andrea Lucado

Text: Ruth 4:13-17, Psalm 127, Proverbs 24:27

Isn’t it amazing? In just four chapters, we have seen two women move from overwhelming despair to incredible hope. Remember how Naomi interacted with her friends in the first chapter? “‘Don’t call me Naomi. Call me Mara,’ she answered, ‘for the Almighty has made me very bitter. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty’” (Ruth 1:20-21).

Now, in chapter four, her friends are surrounding her, praising God for the birth of Ruth and Boaz’s son, Obed, another potential kinsman-redeemer in her family tree. What was empty in Naomi’s life is now full, and her friends declare, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer” (Ruth 4:14).

In the midst of trial, I am always tempted to think the opposite of what Naomi’s friends declared—that the Lord has left me, and there will be no redemption to my story. We’ve all been there. You might be there right now.

During these times, when I don’t know what the future holds, I often try and plan it out myself. Grasping for a sense of control, I make lists, imagine scenarios, send emails, do whatever I need to do to feel like I’m making progress, to feel like I’m fixing my problems, to feel like I am getting somewhere. This is what I would have done had I found myself in a Ruth-and-Naomi situation: widowed, childless, desperate, and staring at a shaky, unclear future.

The problem with my go-to method of scrambling and planning is not the plan itself, but rather, the overseer of that plan. Me.

Psalm 127 says that when we are building our own house, our labor is in vain. When we are watching over own city, our watching is in vain. The Lord is the only one who knows the plan and has the power to put it into action. Try as we may, we simply get in the way.

Naomi could not have foreseen the beauty that would come from her story of ashes (Isaiah 61:1-3). What God was building was beyond her predictions and planning. Though she lost her sons and her husband, as her friends reminded her, having Ruth as her daughter-in-law turned out to better than having seven sons (Ruth 4:15).

Just as redemption was in God’s plan for Naomi, so is it in God’s plan for us.

Down the bloodline from Boaz and Ruth and Obed is our Redeemer, Jesus. In Christ, there is no such thing as a story beyond redemption. There is only resurrection, restoration, and rejoicing, even in the most unlikely of circumstances and with the most unlikely of subjects.

If you’re wondering today if the Lord has left you, and the idea redemption at this point feels impossible, hold fast to the promise we see in Ruth and Naomi’s journey. Nothing is too much, too big, or too scary for our Savior. God has not walked away from you. He’s done the opposite. He has drawn near to you through His Son, Jesus.

Today, let’s take a step back today from whatever it is we are trying to control our way out of. Instead of planning and building, let’s sit in the promise of our Redeemer, believing that God is sovereign and His redemption is already ours.

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117 thoughts on "A Life Restored"

  1. Alexandra says:

    I have been trying to figure things out on my own…Thinking I know the plans to “build my own house”. Life has been overwhelming for me lately. I am a new mom and have been excited that God has blessed my husband and I with a son. I am joyous of motherhood but afraid of many other things going on in life. Like many other mothers, I want to stay home with my little one. However, we are sadly in debt and I want to contribute financially to help my husband. We distain debt so much and want to be free of it as soon as possible. Finding work that I can do at home has been fustrating. I fall into this cycle of fear of failure and fear of the opinions of people. Ironically, by fearing failure I quit and stop pursuing the idea I had. I have this lingering feeling of discontentment because I know something is missing in my life. I want to find something creative and meaningful to do but I do not know what that is. Upon failing, I assume that idea wasn’t my passion and part of the plan. God knows and he has had the blueprints in his hands this whole time. I just have been ingoring him and trying to construct my building on my own with the wrong motivation. It is scary to see bills piling in, a baby crying, and laundry piling high. I wonder if my family and I will ever get out of the crazy slump of life and finally reach our goals. After reading this, I picture God tapping is finger on my shoulder saying “Don’t worry, I am here and was next to you the whole time. Step aside and relax, I can handle this for you. Just trust me. I have the plans right here and they will be done.” Praise God and I pray I will know that aways.

  2. Susan says:

    I have been in the midst of a marriage and work situation that I know was not God’s plan for my life. I have taken the reigns from God so many times to try to fix the situation myself and yes, I mess it up. I need to let Him be my Redeemer and have the faithfulness of Naomi and be obedient as Ruth and know that He is working everything according to his plan and purpose. God is sovereign and has already redeemed my story! Amen!

  3. Katy says:

    Carissa, I prayed for you.

  4. Carissa says:

    I have to admit I’m not in the best place to appreciate this devotion. I’m definitely reading it while experience major trials that have yet to stop. It does feel like God has abandoned me and I hate feeling that way. I just don’t understand and want my redeemer to show himself.

  5. Zoe says:

    Donald Trump was elected president today. While I feared Hillary more, this post was in good timing.

  6. Bry says:

    I am guilty of always trying to plan my way out of situations and it has left me with nothing but anxiety and disappointment. Our plans can be good, but they can never be great. Because we can’t see everything ahead of us. Or even behind us. God can though. His plans are everything that our plans fail to be. They are made in full knowledge, fully planned and carefully considered.

  7. Katie Beth says:

    So thankful for Gods word this morning. Everyday I wake up trying to wrap my head around my unknown autoimmune disease and my mind never stops trying to think up reasons for how and why.. I’m constantly trying to find answers, trying to get better, constantly upsetting myself and wanting to feel normal. It becomes difficult waiting for 4 years with doctors throwing you in so many different directions, and then the enemy wants you to believe that your stuck like this. Everyday I must remind myself that NOTHING is too much for our Savior. God will not walk away from me. I must sit in His promises and and believe in Gods plan for my life. She reads truth truly touches my daily life by being reminded of our Lords truths.
    Lord may your healing come quickly for us that are hurting.. You are the ultimate healer. May we put our trust in You. Thank you for Your redemption in our lives!!

  8. Rachal T. says:

    This hits my heart on what I find myself doing. I make the lists and plans trying to help orchestrate my life, but it leaves me frustrated. It is my prayer that I submit my obedience and trust to the Lord as many times as it takes to relinquish control. I cannot control anything that the Lord has created, so He is the Provider and Redeemer I need to heal me and lead me. Amen.

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