March 20, 2020

Ruth and Naomi - Bro. T. Stephen

My Dealy beloved in Christ,  I greet and bless you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today, is from  the book of   Isaiah 58:8.  “ Then your light shall break forth like the morning. Your healing shall spring forth speedily. And your righteousness shall go before you.  The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.” 

The above verse helps us to understand both temporal and spiritual prosperity.  And that the glorious light of the gospel, will break forth very clearly and shine out in all the world. And the light of joy, peace and comfort will attend the hearts of the people of God. Just as the grass and herbs sprout and shoot out of the earth after a shower of rain you who read this message will bloom and flourish both in health and prosperity. 

The Bible says, “And your righteousness shall go before you.” which means the reward of your good works will go before you. God who will reward you for your works of righteousness will go before you to promote your wellbeing. Those who do justly and love mercy shall have the comfort even in this world. Good works will always bring the blessing of God  provided they are done from love to God, and man and wrought in the soul, by the Holy Spirit. 

Ruth was considered to be a special character. She was a Moabite woman. Her mother  in law Naomi, went with her husband and her two sons from Bethlehem to live in the country of Moab as there was famine in the land of Bethlehem. Her two sons  got married to Moabite women. They lived there for ten years. But unfortunately her husband, Elimelech and her two sons namely Maglon and Chilion died there. So Naomi  did not wish to continue in Moab but she wanted to return to Bethlehem. She asked her daughters in law to return back to their father’s house. She also advised them to get married and settle happily rather than live as widows. Orpah went to stay with her parents but Ruth refused to go back to her parent’s house. She said to her mother in law, “ Entreat me not to leave you. Or to turn back from following after you.” She knew that her mother in law would be left alone, so she decided to sacrifice her youth, for the sake of her mother in law and went with her to Bethlehem.

My dear Brothers and Sisters, Since she went with her mother in law to Bethlehem and was also  concerned about her well being God blessed her. Naomi took special interest in the welfare of Ruth. She guided her how to meet her master Boaz and work under him. Later Boaz  who was a very rich man proposed to marry her. Thus God rewarded Ruth who came to Bethlehem instead of returning to her father’s house. God honoured her and also blessed her with a  son, Naomi was blessed with a grandson in her old age. Thus God gave them another chance to live a blessed life. God bloomed the young widow to live a happy married life and blessed her family life. 

My Dear Brothers and Sisters if you do good and walk righteously before God then surely you will be rewarded. God says He will do you better than at your beginning. God further says, “Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would increase.” He is a God, who picks those from the miry  clay and sets them upon a rock. He raises the poor out of the dust, And lifts the needy out of the ash heap. 

Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord we thank You for rewarding us according to our performance. Help us to be faithful, to our loved ones. To be more concerned about them and do good to them. Teach us never to harm others, so that we may be blessed by God in return. Help us to be like Ruth, a woman with a difference. 

In Jesus name we pray. 


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