"If thou will redeem it, redeem it: but if thou will not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside thee, and I am after thee. And he said I will redeem it."
I couldn't resist. I made this tile for another story, and then I saw the subliminal message "RUTH 4 In Her Trust" within this (can you see it?). I picked up my handy, dandy Bible and read RUTH. What a beautiful story RUTH is. You may be familiar with the famous phrase used in many weddings by brides giving their vow of commitment--"where thou goest, I will go, and where thou lodgest, I will lodge, thy people shall be my people, and thy God, my God." But, let me tell you, there is so much more to that phrase as well as the whole story of Ruth. You see, As Ruth poured out her pledge to Naomi, God heard Ruth's heart. This Moabitess was vowing herself not just to her mother-in-law but to God. She must have heard her husband, Naomi, and her brother-in-law speak of the land they had left, the God whom they served, and His laws about that land and the rules of marriage. She absorbed it as Absolute Truth. So much so that when both sons died, and Naomi was left to return home to her people, Ruth vowed to go and remain with her.
Ruth also saw the laws of God as approachable in their absoluteness. When approached by Boaz, she asks for the privilege to reap in his land. His response is so assuring; Ruth had to catch her breath. This is when her trust begins, and this same trust takes her to greater heights than she could ever imagine. I call this in-HER-ent Trust.
Let me share some trinkets with you about In-her-ent Trust:
1) A Gentile woman named Rahab, in trust, helped the Israelite spies escape when they spied out the land of promise.
2) Rahab later joins up with them and marries Salmon, and gives birth to Boaz.
2) Boaz marries Ruth, and they have a son named Obed, the father of Jesse, the grandfather of King David.
Making Ruth, a Moabitess, the great-grandmother of David, thereby a part of the ancestral line of the Lord Jesus. So what does this have to do with anything? A whole lot. By their trust, Rahab and Ruth became an integral part of the plan of God. There is a plan. It is absolute and yet approachable. You have a place somewhere in this plan. You just have to move, trust and experience the unfolding of it in your life.
Devotional Readings: Story of Rahab--Joshua 2; Joshua 6:16-27;
Story of Ruth--Ruth; Matthew 1:5; James 2:21-26