TFOTB | April 07th | Reading 098 of 366 |
 
MORNING  | HISTORICAL BOOKS

BOOK 08 of 66  | Ruth 1,2

Signpost Words | ‘AN OLD-SEPARATIST WOMAN’

Highlight Verses | Ruth 1:14-18

Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. And she said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.” When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her. (NSB)

Some Observations | 

In Britain, one daughter in law says. “My mother-in-law is an angel,” the other says “You are very fortunate, mine is still alive!” In this pragmatic, prepping and practical family, it was all good while it lasted, and these two Moabite women thought Naomi was an angel because frankly, she was. I like Naomi. She is as tough as nails, as practical as a shooting stick and as honest as the day is long.  

Final Reflections  |

Look now, you don’t love someone in this kind of a way, unless the person that you are loving has proved themselves to be an exceptionally remarkable individual. So, what can we say about Naomi? She had a pioneer spirit. She could count the cost. She was frugal. She knew how to take care of herself and those she was responsible for. She was honorable. She was wise. She was practical. She was an emotionally healthy person. She knew people. She was tender, and when she smiled, the sun shone out of her in genuineness.  

        

EVENING | HISTORICAL BOOKS

BOOK 08 of 66  | Ruth 3,4

Signpost Words | ‘AN OLD-SEPARATIST WOMAN’

Highlight Verses | Ruth 3:18

Then she said, "Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day." (NSB)

Some Observations | 

The providences of God run deep but strong in this historical account of these two great women of faith. In this book, the men seem to be but mere embellishments, even bit part actors in this showcase of practical love, redemption, and blessing. Here Naomi says, “I will show you my faith by my works.” And having done all, she sat down at the right-hand side of the fireplace and waited.

Final Reflections  |

Three great lessons out of thirty or more that Naomi leaves us are these: 1) When you see the great whale of God’s providence finally break surface upon the seas of your life, get in your boat and go and harpoon it. 2) In all practicalities, courage and daring, make the most of every opportunity to put yourself in the way of God’s blessing and advance your cause. 3) Only sit and rest when you can do no more, and, when you can do no more, sit and rest, watch and wait, pray on with great expectancy. Boys, look now, if you want to find a Ruth, then first go and see if you can find a Naomi. I say to you, look for godly mothers-in-law. As for me, I am a man that looks at hands. Always look at a woman’s hands. What does she have in them? Are they a working woman’s hands? Are they hands quick to help, happy to hold, and often clasped together in prayer. It’s all in the hands.