“So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. Then he went to her, and the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. The women said to Naomi: ‘Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!. He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has give him birth.’” (Ruth 4:14-15)
Naomi’s friends praised the Lord for fulfilling the law of he kinsman-redeemer (Leviticus 25:25-28). Boaz was related to Naomi through Naomi’s dead husband Elimelech (2:3; 4:3) and was second in line for the role of kinsman-redeemer.
Boaz obtained the right of purchase when the first in line refused (4:6). A complex set of circumstances was closely intertwined with the working of prayer. Praise is the proper response to blessings God gives our friends. Clear/
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, this story of Boaz marrying Ruth ends well and is also an excellent example of how those surrounding Naomi, Boaz, and Ruth responded to the outcome. So many times people will say: “How lucky you are” or “Wow, this really worked out well for you.” Abba, we Your obedient servants fully understand how You work in and through our lives. Some times it is obvious it is You blessing us and sometimes You decide to remain anonymous. In all situations, we should respond by praising You alone for the blessings in our lives. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Faith keeps the person, who keeps the faith!”
“David said to Abigail, ‘Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands. Otherwise, as surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, who has kept me from harming you, if you had not come quickly to meet me, not one male belonging to Nabal would have been left alive by daybreak.’” (1st Samuel25:32-34)
God uses unexpected individuals to reveal His will. Abigail revealed God’s will to David and thus prevented national disaster. David’s resolve to wreak vengeance on Nabal was out of character for him. Abigail confronted him with the importance of his own honor. The realization of God’s actions in human relationships leads us to acknowledge Him in both prayer and praise.
“Prayer, Praise”: (Daniel2:20–23)
Daniel praised God’s total power and knowledge and omniscience, His revelation of divine knowledge, and His sovereign control of human history. He expressed thanks for answered prayer. Daniel is a consistent role model, beloved, he was a real person who confronted real issues and led many persons in the life of faith. He knew that evil may prosper for a time, but our calling is not to have constant victory but to have constant faith, for evil will be punished, eventually. The faithful must exalt the living God constantly in the whole world under all circumstances. And note, this took place while they were in captivity in Babylon, as a result of the people turning their backs on God, and he was a willing servant for God, to help the people come back to Him.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!’ ‘Hosanna in the highest!’” (Mark11:9–10)
Jesus’ miracles repeatedly cause the crowds to praise and glorify God. The second line of the acclamation came from Psalm 118:26, which was used in procession to the Temple at festivals. Such praise was short-lived because it too often looked for physical and political deliverance rather than for the fulfillment of God’s purposes.
In Jesus, the kingdom is both present and future. God is to be praised because He blessed His people by coming into the world. Jesus fulfilled the promises to David not by reestablishing a political rule in Jerusalem but by serving God’s people and bringing God’s kingdom near.