Ruth 3:5 (ERV) Then Ruth answered, “I will do what you say.”
Her name meant “pleasant,” but for Naomi, life had been anything but satisfying. She had neither husband nor sons, just two young daughters-in-law who were both foreigners and childless. In her despair, Naomi preferred to be called Mara, or “bitter.” Yet Naomi discovered renewed hope through the faithful companionship of Ruth, the daughter-in-law that chose to stay with her, and Ruth’s encounter with a godly landowner named Boaz. Ruth found favor with Boaz because of her selfless desire to glean leftover grain for Naomi from his harvest fields. In today’s verse, Ruth responds obediently to Naomi’s wise instructions to approach Boaz in a request for marriage. Little did Naomi know then that her inspired directions would not only lead to a wedding for Ruth and Boaz, but would also bring her the joy of caring for their newborn son. Naomi’s story reminds you that there is always hope with the Lord, regardless of your circumstances. Today, give God your bitterness, trusting that He’ll turn it into something very pleasant for you in His will and timing.
Lord, here is the specific problem causing sadness in my life. I trust You to use it to accomplish Your purposes. I rejoice in You! Amen.