How God Uses Trials

What would people think of you if they knew your mother was a former prostitute? People are quick to judge and condemn others, but not God. One account of God turning what others might condemn into a glorious ending is  Ruth and Boaz. But I want to look at this with a modern twist.

Here you have this woman and her husband pack up and move to greener pastures. Did you ever move to a new location for food? A new job? Greener pastures?

Then the husband and wife have two children. Then the woman’s husband dies. Do you know anyone who has children and their husband died? Leaving them with children to raise?

The two children, boys, grow up and get married to women in this new land. These were not their people. Then everything seems to go wrong.   Ten years go by and then both her sons die. This leaves the woman Naomi with her two daughter-in-laws.

This was Naomi’s  desert. Was God punishing Naomi? No. We know the rest of the story. The one daughter-in-law stays in the land but Ruth decides to stick with Naomi. You can read the account in Ruth, there are four chapters.

Did you ever ask yourself, why did Naomi’s husband want to go to ungodly Moab? His decision caused a real mess because his wife was left in an ungodly land and then she looses her two sons in that land. So Naomi and Ruth head back to Bethlehem. 

It appears Naomi was bitter over what happened to her in her life and now she was old and bitter. ( See Ruth 1:12 and Ruth 1:19,20) We know Ruth ends up marrying Boaz and Naomi helps to care for the baby and that baby was King David’s grandfather. But did you ever think about Boaz?

Matthew 1:5-6 KJV  “And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
[6] And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;”

Boaz’s mother was Rahab the harlot from Joshua 6:25. Salmon married Rahab and they had Boaz. But Matthew 1:5 is very clear that Salmon and Rahab had Boaz. And from Boaz comes Obed then Jesse then David and if you follow the genealogies it is the earthly lineage of Jesus as Matthew 1 lays out.

Even though Naomi’s dreamboat turned into a shipwreck while in Moab, God turned it around. Even in Ruth 4 we see Naomi’s friends still called her Naomi and would not call her bitter.

Naomi wanted to give up that is why she wanted people to call her bitter. But she didn’t quit and give up because she taught Ruth what to do when it comes to the kinsman redeemer Boaz.

Why mention this? Because these were real people with similar problems as we have, just in a different period in time. Their customs and ways they handle things were different but God does not change. We see a man decides to take his wife to an area she knows nothing about and knows no one. They have 2 children and he dies.

The woman, Naomi is left alone with her sons who later marry. What is Naomi to do? Then her sons die. Now what does Naomi do? She goes home to her people.

But then you have a guy named Boaz who has his own issues. His mother was a former prostitute and his father owned land.

In the middle of this we see a woman named Ruth who was a complete stranger to their ways, their customs. Ruth decides to believe on the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and God goes to work.

Friends, we all go through shipwrecks in life. The key is not to get bitter and never give up and quit. Naomi was an old woman when she went home so she never knew that God would bring King David and even Jesus Christ through Boaz and Ruth.

God does truly take our mess and turn those mistakes in to glorious events. And just because we may not see it in our lifetime, God never fails. When you make a mess of things, and we all do, it is time to come home to God and come home to our family.

Until next time.

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