Ancient Words– Ever True

Ancient Words– Ever True!

ruth             This is hard—waiting and not knowing the outcome! Naomi told me to lie down. That was it…just lie down. There were no further instructions.

Ruth had done everything she was told. Now she had—to wait.

Close your eyes, and imagine you’re lying under a sleeping man’s feet. There is no light; all is still. You are in a strange and unfamiliar place. The darkest hour is approaching and the man who can turn your world upside down is sound asleep! You want to awaken him or just run away. You ask yourself, “Am I a fool?” Your mind is racing and your heart is pounding, but because you have surrendered to God and vowed to obey—you wait.

When you have walked through every door and followed every directive from God, waiting is the last step. This may be the most trying experience of all. Frustration, hopelessness or departure from the Lord can result. Surrender—ask for God’s grace. Remain—expectant of His faithfulness. Declare—His  Word. Is this difficult? You bet it is. Everything inside you is screaming, “But Lord, I must do something!”

“No, my daughter, you must say something.”

“Who are you?’ he asked. ‘”

Ruth 3:9

Suddenly, Boaz awakened. Startled by his instant wake up call, he was even more amazed when he saw the lovely bundle at his feet—a woman! What’s a woman doing here—at my feet?

Still rubbing his eyes, Boaz asked in a soft whisper, “Who are you?” Then he saw her dear face…it was Ruth. He looked warmly into her pleading eyes. The sweet perfume and the brightly colored garmenperfume bottlet hinted at the intent of her visit. Could it be? Is Ruth asking me to do the part of the kinsman redeemer? But I’m an older man…she’s young. Why marry me?

Ruth’s eyes were large and luminous as she gazed into Boaz’s rugged face. The time had come to plead her case. This was her defining moment at the midnight hour. As she halted to speak her plea, the scenarios of previous crossroads ran like ticker tape through her mind.

Reminisces

Two young women stand on a lonely road. An older woman is trying to saying good-bye. One clings and vows never to depart. The other weeps and kisses Naomi good-bye…choosing an easier route.

A girl full of hope beholds the gleaming fields of barley. Taking hold of a promise wrapped in favor, she gathers grain for four months.

The same maiden submits to godly counsel and treads softly to the threshing floor.

crossroads clipartNow, as this crossroad looms before Ruth. What does she face? The worst fear of rejection taunts silently. Will every step of obedience she has taken thus far come to a standstill? She must speak…she has no choice. Slowly, she opens her mouth and speaks the ancient words packed with the power and approval of God Almighty

 “‘I am your servant Ruth,’” she said. ‘Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.’”

Ruth 3:9

            Ruth had taken hold of God’s promise. The ancient words of the Torah taught by her elder mentor were now Ruth’s —her portion—her rich inheritance. Once the words were out of her mouth, she became an heir of their eternal authority.

She had bound herself to the God of Israel long before she ever met the first crossroad. She never swayed from that vow. This night she stood on the threshold of a brand new adventure.

Boaz opened his mouth. His words were sweet. His Word was the voice of The Almighty, sound and enduring!

“’ And now my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask.’”

Ruth 3:11

Faith God has given you a dream—a hope—a promise. Are you standing at a crossroad? Do you face a choice? The Lord will never condemn you for speaking His truth. He loves to hear your voice and hear you speak His Word. It is music to His ears. Your life from this point onward will take a turn, a turn that will endure for all eternity. Raise your voice, daughter—speak the ancient Words!

 

I have listed a few scriptures to help you get started.

“What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Romans 8:31

“Be content with what you have, because God has said,

 ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”

Hebrews 13:5

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

 Philippians 4:13

 

“’ And now my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask.’”

Ruth 3:11

 

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2 Responses to Ancient Words– Ever True

  1. Jo January 27, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    This one is the best yet.

    • admin January 27, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

      Thank you, thank you, dear Jo! I love you!

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