May 16 – Where is your refuge?
Scripture Reading: Ruth 1:1-2:23 / John 9:1-34 / Proverbs 12:8-17
Did you know that bad things happen to good people sometimes but God brings great things to faithful people all the time! Ruth is one such example of both scenarios. Her husband dies leaving her childless. She faithfully cares for her despondent and bitter mother-in-law (Naomi) who has suffered the loss of her husband, two sons and all hope. Ruth leaves her homeland, following Naomi into a foreign land, committing herself to a life and to a God of uncertainty.
Ruth committed her life to serve and care for Naomi. It wasn’t that she didn’t have anything else to live for or other options in life. She could have returned to her family and begun a new chapter of promise and hope in her life. Yet Ruth was driven by a loyalty and goodness that is very rare. She was a person of great character and integrity.
Ruth’s remarkable story quickly spread throughout Bethlehem. Boaz, a close relative of Naomi, saw a woman gleaning in his field and asked his foreman who she was. He was told it was the hard working Moabite woman who was caring for Naomi. Boaz then approached Ruth and encouraged her to continue gleaning, assuring her that she would be cared for and safe.
Ruth was overwhelmed at his favor and asked why. He said it was because of her selfless commitment and sacrificial care for Naomi, “May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” (2:17)
The Lord was repaying and rewarding Ruth for her loyalty, love and faith. She left everything to care for Naomi and serve Naomi’s God. God always cares for those who take care of the things He cares about. Ruth committed herself to the things and ways of God. She trusted in the care and provisions of God. Her simple faith was richly rewarded because she took refuge in Him. Where is your refuge?
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!