Have you ever gone through a time in your life where you thought it couldn’t possibly get worse…and it did? Have you ever reached that point where all you feel you have left are ashes? Lifeless?

Ruth did. Ruth experienced a time of famine in her land, so she married into a Jewish family (perhaps her only source of security and provision). Being a Moabitess, she was looked down upon. She gave up her family, friends, and her home. She gave her commitment and devotion to serving her husband and just a few years later she loses her husband before ever bearing a child. She had nothing left! No family, no husband, no children.

Embarking on a journey alongside her mother-in-law, Naomi, Ruth learned about this God of Israel. She heard about His love and His promises. I believe this was the cause of her perseverance and her hunger to keep moving forward no matter what life threw at her. The scriptures say Ruth “clung” to Naomi. She didn’t not want to go back to her old life. She knew deep in her soul, that there was something more. A hope she had never known of before.

And that’s exactly what God did in Ruth’s life. He took her ashes and replaced them with beauty.

He replaced her poverty with riches, her loneliness with an admirable godly husband, Boaz, and her barrenness with a son, Obed, who would become the grandfather of King David.

Did you know that God desires to do the same for you?

Did you know that these promises are for you as well?

God whispers to our hearts:
I will …

…bind up the broken hearted…proclaim freedom to the captives…comfort all who mourn…bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair. Isaiah 61:3

Allow Him to take your ashes and replace them with beauty. Allow Him to bring peace to your mind, comfort to your heart and hope for your future.

Don’t allow anything to hold you back. Like, Ruth, persevere and cling to God.

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Ruth – A woman of perseverance. May we walk in her shoes.