The story of Naomi and her two daughters in law – Orpah and Ruth. Today we know the story as the story of Ruth.
Naomi comes back home after a failed (aparently cursed life – Ruth 1:13). She sends her daughters ib law away.
- She gives up on any form of favour. God cursed her and her time is up.
- She cuts her daughters off to allow them to search for their own Favour.
Is dit nie waar dat ons somtyds net stryd opgee nie?
We see Ruth remains as Orpah leaves.
Ruth makes the profound statement we have heard many times over.
A declaration of submission!
Mothers have a keen desire to support and provide. They will give their last meal to help their children. They also have a way to look beyound tomorrow into the future, and as Naomi, see only what they can interpret from the past – and more importantly what they Physically are able to do
We all know that Ruth finds favour with a land-lord and in one day takes up enough barley to make 5 breads, enough to feed a family each.
Here is the four things we need to learn.
- Our future blessing is never ever connected to our past. Don’t allow bitterness to take away your faith from what God can do.
- Our provision can come from those we want to nurture. Never be pridefull in need. All go through tough times and it is not a matter of curse or blessing but simply the ups and downs Of life.
- Ruth got favour because she stood by her mother. Her honour and respect in servanthood became her ticket to favour. The way you talk to your mother in law might be the door for your blessing. Ruth had all the reason to disrespect or even curse. Yet, her choice of respect becomes her advantage.
- Favour creates opertunity and like ruth she worked extremely hard to turn favour into profit. She could have enjoyed the meal and gone home, but she ensured enough profit to have enough for more than that day. She thresshed the barley so she could take even more.
Whst will you choose?