Naomi’s faithfulness also was key to redeeming her situation, along with Ruth. Naomi did not want to be a burden on her daughters-in-law, but once she saw how determined Ruth was to go with her, Naomi’s knowledge of how Hebrew law provided for redemption was key to bringing about restoration for her family. She also was a shrewd judge of character when it came to Boaz: “The man won’t rest until he has settled things today,” she said (Ruth 3:18). In that culture, she herself was unable to work to bring about the desired result; like her ancestor Sarah, she had no hope herself of bearing a son. But not only did she end up holding a precious baby, Obed, in her arms, she became by extension the great-grandmother of King David, and Jesus was her descendant.
Questions for further thought:
1. Have you ever been in a situation where no hope of a good outcome seemed possible?
2. What unexpected joy has Jesus brought into your life?
Challenge: Pray to have patience, faithfulness and wisdom like Naomi to wait for the good things that God restores and redeems.
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