Re:Verse reading–Ruth 2:1-12, 17-23; 4:1-14 (day four)
Naomi had a difficult run of circumstances. She had lost her home, her husband, two sons and her livelihood. When she returned to Bethlehem, she was embittered. Even though she trusted God, she was focused on her circumstances rather than Him. Naomi judged God’s love for her by her circumstances rather than judging her circumstances by God’s love for her. God’s sovereignty was never demonstrated better than His use of Boaz as the kinsman/redeemer for the family lineage of His promised Messiah. God’s vast love was being demonstrated and Naomi missed the bigger picture.
Has life brought difficult and maybe unbearable circumstances for you? Could it be that God is seeking to bring His love and redemption to bear in your life? Naomi and Ruth returned to Bethlehem with no idea what the future held for them. They had no clue of the eternal significance of their circumstances. When it is most difficult, we need to trust in God’s sovereign plan.