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He Hears Our Cry – Reflections on Ruth

He Hears Our Cry

Reflections on Ruth, Part 1

“But she said to them, ‘Do not call me Naomi (pleasant), call me Mara (bitter), for the Lord has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full and the Lord has brought me home empty.”  Ruth 1:20-21

“Also, he (Boaz) said (to Ruth), ‘Bring the shawl that is on you and hold it.’ And when she held it, he measured six ephahs of barley, and laid it on her. Then she went into the city… and she said (to Naomi), “These six ephahs of barley he gave me for he said to me, ‘Do not go empty handed to your mother-in-law (Naomi).'”  Ruth 3:15-17

Naomi announced to the crowd gathered to greet her upon her return to Bethlehem that she was empty. She did not say the words as a prayer or with any apparent hope that things could change. But God heard!

God hears our cries

This comforts me greatly. Our God is so loving, so gracious that He responds to our despairing announcements – even our complaints! Using Naomi’s very own descriptor (empty), He sends a response back to her through Boaz. “Do not go empty handed to your mother-in-law.”

Boaz had already been very generous in allowing Ruth to obtain more than the usual amount of grain set aside for the poor (Ruth 2:15). He surely did not need to send grain at this moment to secure his promise to help. Yet he did. I believe God wanted Naomi to know that He is a God who hears and responds – that He is a very personal God who listens when we cry, even to the very words we say.

God takes care of His children

Today, if you are experiencing lack in any area, be comforted. God takes care of His children. He responds in His perfect timing, in His perfect way. He loves you. You, His dear ones, are the very “apple of His eye” (Zech 2:8).

Inspired by CF’s Sermon Series: The Gospel According to Ruth

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