Babies and Children 17

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Babies and Children – Day 17

Ruth 4:13

Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.

The Thought

The book of Ruth is one of tragedy and triumph. This baby was the triumph after several years of loneliness and mourning. We have to ask ourselves why Ruth could not conceive through her first husband who was the son of Naomi.

The beginning of this short book starts with the tragedy of famine. In the days when judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab (Ruth 1:1).

We can imagine that this man, Elimelek, supposed that the famine would not last too long, and then he would return to his homeland. That never happened!

The consequence of his decision to flee the famine was that both his sons married Moabite women; Orpah and Ruth (Ruth 1:4). And all three of the men died.

The eventual consequence was that Ruth, the Moabite, was mentioned in the genealogy of Joseph, “father” of Jesus (Matthew 1:5)!


Read the short book of Ruth today. Be blessed by the way the Lord worked things out so that Naomi’s life would be fuller at the end than at the beginning.

God is still doing that today for many of us who trust Him. He will do it more as we learn to trust Him more.

Pray today for an increase in your faith concerning whatever your desires are at the moment.

Think about any immigrants who may live near you. Ask yourself why they have come, were they fleeing persecution, are they just looking for a better life? Was it a career change? Or a promotion? Maybe they need help to settle in. Ask God if He wants you to do anything for them.

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