God Is Still Kind To Us

Jan
2012
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The Lord has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead! Ruth 2:20
When Naomi left home with her husband Elimelech, she probably had dreams of returning to Bethlehem someday with a prosperous and successful new life. If that was the case, walking back into Bethlehem on that hot summer day would have been a nightmare for her. While living in the foreign land of Moab, she lost her husband and two sons and she returned with only her daughter-in-law Ruth and a heart full of sorrow. “Do not call me Naomi [pleasant]; call me Mara [bitter],” she told her former neighbors, “for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me” (Ruth 1:20). But this wasn’t the end of the story for Naomi or Ruth…
When the discouraged Naomi saw God’s hand of provision in Ruth’s life, she rejoiced and said, “The Lord has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!” (Ruth 2:20). So, what appeared to be a hopeless dead-end journey for these two disillusioned women had suddenly become a doorway to the future for these ladies who had lost so very much.

The Old Testament book of Ruth is a wonderful story. This brief narrative is infused with an amazing sweetness and grace as the name of the Lord is mentioned time after time in its few pages and chapters. Through Naomi and Ruth, we’re reminded that God works in surprising ways to make His love known and to accomplish His purposes – even during difficult times – and many of us are facing some very difficult times.

We know God is the same yesterday, today and forever and His surprises continue, so we can take heart. He truly has not stopped showing His kindness to you and me.

What we can see of God’s provision for us, teaches us to trust Him for what we cannot see of His purpose for us. Our commentary on this Old Testament book of Ruth titled, “Destined For Him” is available to order from Amazon or this site.

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