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The story of Ruth is one of my favorite narratives in the Bible. God orchestrated so many intricate details to create a beautiful love story that foreshadows the love that Christ has for us. The following verse caught my eye as I read through the book of Ruth recently:
Then said she [Naomi], Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day. Ruth 3:18 (KJV)
Ah, the waiting game. We’re all familiar with it. That test of patience is one of the hardest trials for a disciple of Christ to face. Interestingly, my Bible cross-referenced the following verse from the Psalms to this verse from Ruth’s story:
Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Psalm 37:3 (KJV)
Isn’t that so neat?
The verse from Psalm 37 tells us exactly what we need to do while we wait: a) trust and b) do good. In other words, keep doing what you were supposed to be doing anyway, and just do the next right thing that God tells you to do. “So shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” That applies directly to Ruth’s situation. By Boaz’s redemption, she would indeed have a home in the land of Israel as well as provision for her needs. And so will we, if we wait on the Lord’s timing and answers in our lives today.
So this week, sit still and trust the Lord to take care of whatever problems are facing you that cannot be immediately resolved. While you’re waiting for the Lord to act, rest in Him and just keep taking the next right step. It’s that easy, friends. As easy as letting go.