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Does Your Heart Need a Safe Place to Rest?

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Do you need a place for your heart to rest? A safe shelter where there’s love, unconditional acceptance, stability, security, and peace?

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When Ruth and Orpah’s husbands died, their world turned upside down. Their mother-in-law, Naomi, said, “May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.” Ruth 1:9

The Hebrew word for rest is “menuchah.” Menuchah means safe shelter, resting place, peace, and quiet. A husband’s home was a woman’s menuchah.

When the harvest season ended, Naomi sent Ruth to the threshing floor where Boaz was working. She wanted to help Ruth find menuchah again. Ruth had:

  • no hope
  • absolutely nothing to offer

At the threshing floor, she:

In the final chapter of Ruth, Boaz went to the town gate and cleared the way to marry Ruth as he had promised her in chapter three.

As her redeemer, Boaz:

  • had the right to redeem her
  • Had the power to redeem her (the ability/means)
  • had the desire to redeem her

As Boaz’ wife, Ruth shared:

  • his life
  • his home
  • his wealth
  • his joys

Although Ruth had been barren during her marriage to Mahlon, God enabled her to conceive. She and Boaz had a baby boy named Obed who eventually became the father of Jesse who became the father of King David. Jesus Christ was a descendent in the line of King David. God included a Gentile woman (an outcast in the Hebrew faith) in the lineage of Jesus Christ!

And Naomi, who had lost her husband and both sons to death, had the privilege of caring for little Obed. Her friends celebrated God’s faithfulness and told Naomi that Ruth loved her and was better to her than seven sons.

Some of you don’t have menuchah now because you’ve never been married, or you’ve gone through divorce, or you’ve been separated from your spouse through death. Some of you just need a safe place for your heart to rest. Let me remind you of something really, really important.

Jesus Christ is our redeemer. As your redeemer, Jesus:

  • had the right to redeem you
  • had the power (ability/means) to redeem you
  • had the extraordinary desire to redeem you

Those who put their faith in Jesus are a part of his family, “the Church.” The church is his bride.

As his bride, we share:

  • his life (abundant) Romans 5:17, 2 Corinthians 9:8
  • his home (the one he is preparing for us) John 14:1-3
  • his wealth (the riches of his kingdom) Romans 9:23, Romans 11:23, Ephesians 1:18, Ephesians 2:7
  • his joy (eternally) John 15:11, Galatians 5:22, Hebrews 12:2

That means there’s a safe place for your heart to rest, find peace, and know that you are loved unconditionally. Even though you have nothing to offer, believe in his kindness and desire to redeem you so that you can have “menuchah” with God.

God cherishes pure, unselfish love and wholehearted commitment. Ruth’s story invites us all – especially the “outcasts” – to put our trust in God and come under the wings of His protection.

What a beautiful story!

How have you found “rest” in your relationship with Jesus Christ?

Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope to see you again soon. I’ll leave the porch light on for you.

Lisa~

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