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In Touch Devotional 2nd March 2024 || God Redeems Our Losses

READ IN TOUCH DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR SATURDAY 2 MARCH 2024

You are welcome to Today’s In Touch Daily Devotional written by Dr Charles Stanley and published by In Touch Ministry. Charles F. Stanley is the founder of In Touch Ministries and a New York Times best-selling author. He demonstrates a keen awareness of people’s needs and provides Christ-centered biblically-based principles for everyday life.

Today’s Topic: God Redeems Our Losses

Because of the cross, we have sure hope for a better tomorrow.

Scripture: Ruth 4:9-17

9 And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, of the hand of Naomi.

10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.

11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The Lord make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:

12 And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the Lord shall give thee of this young woman.

13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son.

14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.

15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.

16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

17 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

IN TOUCH DAILY DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE FOR MARCH 2ND, 2024

The book of Ruth begins with death: Naomi loses her husband and sons, and her daughters-in-law Ruth and Orpah are widowed. Though Ruth is a Moabite who could easily return to her family of origin, she chooses to stay with her mother-in-law, adopting Naomi’s faith in God as her own.

Ruth and Naomi go to Bethlehem, the older woman’s hometown, where faith in God’s provision leads Ruth to a barley field as a gleaner. In a story only God could write, the owner of the field is Boaz—Naomi’s relative who can restore the family line. Through this “kinsman-redeemer,” God displays His remarkable power to provide.

This can be true for us as well, even when our life looks far different than the one we envisioned. Though the book of Ruth begins with death, it ends in life, through the birth of her son Obed.

Ruth’s story teaches us that even if we experience loss, God is faithful to refashion our circumstances into a new story that sings of His lovingkindness. He can redeem all things—even death. Centuries later, another descendant of Ruth and Boaz would be born in Bethlehem: Jesus, who rescued us from the grave by giving His life on the cross.

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In Touch Devotional 2nd March 2024 || God Redeems Our Losses

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