My Four Redeemers
"May he also be to you a restorer of life . . ." Ruth 4:15
Situations,we all have them. They are different for all of us. Some are big, some are small. There are family situations that tear at the seams of the bond of unity. There are economic situations that require us to strain and burn the candle at both ends of life. There are emotional situations, some are faced with what feels like there's no way out – depression, despair, denial, or discouragement. There are spiritual situations, times when our sensitivity to the sin scares us and the separation living in the darkened corners of our heart is heightened. All the painful situations of life have one intended end – our redemption.
The rocky places along the road of life, the jagged edges that line the hairpin turns towards destiny, are all there to help us find our Redeemer. The road to redemption is paved with adversity. No matter how desperate our condition, we must never lose sight of the fact that life is not about perfection, but about direction. There is no destination without a journey, no pay off without pain, no triumph without trials, and no success without struggle. All is intended to move us closer to our Redeemer.
The book of Ruth is a story of God’s redeeming love in the real situations of people’s lives. There's an extravagance of redemption that's amazing. Here we find four redeemers.
First, there's the nameless redeemer who backed out because taking on the responsibilities of Ruth and Naomi was more than he wanted to bear. Secondly, there is Boaz, a redeemer motivated by love. He carries the weight of redeeming both Ruth and Naomi. Thirdly, Ruth has a baby called Obed. He's a redeemer too, a gift – God’s final answer to all the hard situations they had lived through. Finally, the baby born in Bethlehem, who turned out to be the great grandfather of King David. His bloodline would continue until another baby was born in Bethlehem – they would call Him Jesus.
God quietly but powerfully works all things together for the good of those who love Him. Take heart in your situation – your Redeemer lives.