Ruth 1:20, 4:15 NIV 2011
“Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter.”
“He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given birth.”
The book of Ruth is a story of love and God’s redemption. After loosing her husband, two sons and leaving one daughter-in-law behind, Naomi returned to Bethlehem. Bitter and without a spouse, she felt God had emptied her of everything. God provided a field for her daughter-in-law Ruth to glean during the harvest. The field in which she gathered grain was one of Naomi’s kinsmen, Boaz. He loved Ruth, married her and gave her a child. Naomi received a grandson. God redeemed both Naomi and Ruth. Faith in the Father restores the faithful transcending trying times.
To say I’ve never experienced trying times would be a lie. I can state I’ve never experienced all the pain Naomi did. Emotional pain has led me to a stronger foundation of my faith. Though Naomi was bitter, God remained with her as He does with us. When I remember we live in a fallen world, the small pains I experience consistently drive me closer to the Father. Daily time spent in prayer and His Word helps put pain in perspective. God restores me especially through those painful patches.
How does God restore His people?
Renewed and restored together,