Ruth 1-4 Light in the Darkness
This is a new chorus that resonates in my mind: You are Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, Light in the darkness, My God, that is who You are You are…
Do we trust God in the hardest of times, or do we follow the example of Abraham and Elimelech in a time of famine? Both moved to places that lived, breathed, and worshiped wood and stone idols. But, what man does is not a hindrance to God who is at work that we might know the truth of Isaiah 55:8-9, “my ways are higher than yours.”
In Judges, the people ignored and rebelled against God, and every man did what was right in his own heart. Yet God reminds us that He is God. As the director of our steps, He is busy orchestrating circumstances to prove that He is a promise keeper so that we might recognize His plan.
Far away from Israel, we find that Elimelech and his two sons pass away, and Naomi is left destitute. How often in our most desperate states does God intervene to teach us He is not only a promise keeper but a God of provision? We are His workmanship that He has prepared beforehand so we can be a part of His plan. [Eph 2:10]Here in this godforsaken land, God will use one gentle, kind, widowed daughter-in-law, Ruth, so that bereaved Naomi will be comforted. Ruth’s words echo across the centuries: “your God will be my God.” Do I say that as well?
Where is God your way maker, promise keeper, light in your darkness today?