Just Call Me Mara


Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age…” (Ruth 4:14-15 ESV).

Naomi thought that her hope for a fulfilled life was over. “Just call me ‘Bitter’,” she tells her friends (Ruth 1:20).  Have you ever felt like that? Like your “ship has sailed” and there is no more hope for your life.  For Naomi, hope came from an unusual place, from a woman of Moab who renounced her foreign gods to follow the true God.  A seemingly simple choice, but one that had a huge impact, not just on Ruth, but on everyone around her and for generations to come. Because of this choice, God was able to bless many people.  Naomi had a family again, Ruth and Boaz were married and had a child, and later on David was born and through David’s line, Christ.  Through Christ all people are blessed.  All made possible because of Ruth’s life-changing choice.

Often, we feel that our day to day choices don’t matter much and don’t affect many people.  However, we can see from the story of Ruth, when we make the choice to follow God, great things can and will happen, not just for us, but for everyone around us.  Because of our choice, God can do wonderful things through us.  Through us, God can bring a Redeemer, a Redeemer who will be a nourisher and a restorer of Life for all people.  Isn’t it amazing what God can accomplish through ordinary people like Ruth and you and me?  Praise God!


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