Just like Naomi and her family, there was a season in my life when I made some poor choices. I was a newly wed and out from under my parents rule for the first time and experiencing freedoms that were never afforded when I lived at home. After all, I was a grown up now and could make my own decisions. No curfews, no one to correct me for the things I did, I was my own boss. After a couple of years of marriage, along came our first baby, a precious little boy, and two years later a baby girl. On the surface our lives were perfect! We had our perfect little house, picket fence, two children, and the dog… living our happily-ever-after! …..EXCEPT!
This week we begin a new series we are calling Reader Favorites.
We hope you will join us as we take a return visit through the book of Ruth. This short four-chapter Old Testament story tells us of the Moabite daughter-in-law of Naomi and because of Ruth’s faithfulness, she is grafted into the lineage of Jesus as the great-grandmother of King David and therefore an ancestress of Jesus Christ (Ruth 4:21-22; Mt 1:1,5). Ruth teaches us how to have a heart to honor God. We hope you will enjoy Ruth as much as we have!
Except we had made some poor choices and they were haunting us. Nothing horrible, but poor choices none-the-same. Like Naomi, we were living with the hethens…living for the weekends. But now we had these two babies and those two worlds didn’t mix very well! God used those sweet babies and my bad decisions to draw me back into a relationship with Him. The truth was… I was responsible for more than just myself, I was responsible for these babies too! IF I didn’t raise them to know God, they could end up just like our friends that we hung out with on the weekends! (‘cause even though I looked just like them on the outside, somehow I knew I was different on the inside.)
This is the same situation where Naomi found herself. She and her husband made the decision to move to country of Moab and things began going down hill…fast! She found herself all alone in a heathen land after her husband and both sons died. There she was responsible for two daughters-in-law and no way to provide for herself much less them. God used this seemingly helpless situation to draw her back to Bethlehem.
Just like Naomi, I found my way back to church…and eventually God.
God took the bad choices that Naomi made and used them for her good!
He called her back to Bethlehem and back to a covenant relationship with her kinsman redeemer (the Messiah). He even elevated her as an heir to King David. She became the grandmother to Obed, the great, great grandfather of King David and in turn the bloodline of Jesus!
Who else could have taken a widow woman, now in a heathen land with no way to support herself, bring her back to where she belongs and elevate her to a place of honor? GOD DID!
He did the same thing for me. When I chose to have an intimate relationship with God, He began to use me through small groups. He has allowed me to mentor many young women. Some I have been in relationship with for a long time and others for only a short season. All of them have blessed me as much, if not more, than I have blessed them. God rewards the woman who allows Him to flow through her like a vessel of honor!
If God did it for Naomi and He did it for me…He can do it for you!ANDthe best part is that He doesn’t require us to come back and pay for our bad choices! He already forgave us. He simply requires us to ask and He promises to give to us liberally!
In Titus 2 God commands the older women to teach the younger women.
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Titus 2:3-5
Each of us is older than someone! AND we ALL need an older woman to draw wisdom from! God would love to use you to help another woman along the way, just like He used Naomi in Ruth’s life. Look at the rewards for both!
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Cindy Willingham is a landscape designer, small group leader, avid encourager, and sinner saved by grace who is ten years new to Birmingham, Alabama. Her sweet husband of 38 years, two married children and four grand-kiddos fill her life with unbelievable fun and sweet snuggles. She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice. ~ To read Cindy’s BoP Bio click here.