Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Word-Filled Wednesday ~#44~ In the Shadow of His Wings
PASSAGE: "He [God] will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; . . . 'Because he loves Me,' says the LORD, 'I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name.'" ~Psalm 91:4 & 14
"'I am your servant Ruth,' she said. 'Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.'" ~Ruth 3:9
LESSON LEARNED: Poor Naomi. Her husband had taken her and her family to a pagan land and had died while they lived there. Not only that, but now her sons had died and left her in that foreign land, hostile to Israel, with only two foreign daughters-in-law. But they loved Naomi as their own mother. Ruth loved Naomi so much that she couldn't bare to leave her, even if it meant that she, this time, were to live in a strange land with only One God.
Who would love them there? Who would take care of them since all of their men-folk were gone? Three women alone would be in real danger.
As it turned out they were under the loving wing of God. The very best place to be. They didn't know it, but God had very special plans for them; Ruth, in particular. Ruth is in the very blood-line of our Lord, Himself.
Sometimes, even a place very familiar to us can seem very unfamiliar, especially when we are under stress and facing hard times. In those times it is so good to remember that we are not alone. The Lord of all is with us to shelter and guide. Just as Boaz covered Ruth, protected her and then took her as his own, so the Lord does with us. God shelters us under His wings. How precious is the thought!
One other thing that the story of Ruth tells me is that even though the Lord blesses us with His love and protection, He sees the whole, broad spectrum of His plan . . . while protecting us, His is also protecting our descendants. If the Lord tarries, someone in our future generations might just be another Moses, a missionary, a pastor, a godly world leader . . . a Sunday school teacher who touches precious lives by teaching of the saving grace of Jesus Christ, our Kinsman-Redeemer.
God has mighty big wings. Let Him cover you as you walk your walk of faith.
Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><