Our pastors have been preaching a series from the Book of Ruth. We have really enjoyed it, and God has used it to strengthen our faith in Him. Below are some points from our pastor, Shannon Day, from a couple of weeks ago. They have helped me since the miscarriage. I actually had to listen to this message on CD, because we had been in children’s ministry the Sunday it was preached. The day I heard it I had been struggling with anger. The timing was perfect. God is so good to me!
- Faith doesn’t just sit around with a downcast heart waiting for God to do something. Ruth had faith and she acted in faith (went out to reap, knowing God would provide), but Naomi was paralyzed by bitterness.
- If we stop trusting in God’s goodness, and give ourselves to worry and doubt, we begin to despair. We become “good for nothing” like Naomi and head into a downward spiral.
- In order to avoid this, we must remember that God is a faithful, covenant keeping God. We don’t know the future, but we do know that God cares for us. He was working in Ruth and Naomi’s situation even when things still looked bleak to them.
- Ruth was humble, thankful, diligent, self-sacrificing–and God blessed her–but she did not expect that she deserved anything from God or people and was surprised that she was being so blessed. Our culture tells us we should expect to have whatever we want.
- We are challenged by life’s circumstances. It is easy to doubt. But God will do what is best for us and we need to think about His grace and faithfulness, instead of trying to figure everything out with our human reasoning. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us.
Thank you for praying for us. We are doing well, and I know it is a result of your prayers. Rob has decided that he is going to keep trusting God for our family size. I appreciate his leadership in this, and in many other areas.