The women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you without a family redeemer today. May his name become well known in Israel. He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. Indeed, your daughter-in-law who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” The neighbor women said, “A son has been born to Naomi,” and they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
(Ruth 4:14, 17 CSB)

In the first chapter of Ruth, Naomi and Ruth believed their futures were hopeless. But by the end of chapter four, we see their lives beginning anew. And, what a life it would be!

God redeemed Ruth and Naomi’s lives. He brought to them a kinsman redeemer to establish an incredible legacy. Ruth would become the great-grandmother of David, Israel’s greatest king and a man after God’s own heart. More than 400 years later, our Savior, Jesus Christ, would come into the world through this lineage.

As we first read about Naomi and Ruth returning together to Bethlehem, who could possibly guess their story would end this way?

God can use us, even in the most unlikely of circumstances, if we remain faithful to Him and put our trust in Him alone. He rewarded the faith of Naomi and Ruth, and the integrity of Boaz.

Today, we must commit ourselves and our families to the Lord, and trust Him for the outcome.

Dear Father, today we pray for the families of our pastors and missionaries. We pray their families would draw closer to you and closer to one another. Like Ruth and Naomi, we have found ourselves in the most unlikely of circumstances as a global pandemic creates complex uncertainties. Please strengthen the faithfulness of our pastors and missionaries and their families. We know they are all being sent into unique and difficult circumstances with many unknowns. You alone know the end results of their faithful service. As Your servants commit themselves to You and Your calling, help them to go forward trusting You for the outcomes. Thank You for Your faithfulness to us all. Amen.

*Adapted from Prayer Patterns written by Beth Holmes for Missions Mosaic.


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