Monday, April 8, 2013

Prayers answered, but in God's Time

Ruth 4, 1 Chronicles 2:9 - 55, 4: 1-23, 1 Samuel 1: 1-9

Today was watching one woman's prayers being answered after a very long, difficult journey and another's in the midst of the pain.  Both women received the answer to their prayers, but not in their timing.  It was God's timing and that is the struggle so much of the time.  If we just knew the answer to our prayers, we think I would know how to continue from here.  Not so.  It is about the time during the struggle that you spend so much time with the Lord growing closer and closer to Him that is part of the reason for the struggle!

We find the end of the story of Ruth so touching.  Especially for me the words found in verse 14 ~ 
Praise the LORD, who has now provided a redeemer for your family!  Yes, indeed we should all praise the LORD for our Redeemer!

Definitely, the pain that Hannah felt even with her husband's encouraging words a pain only the LORD could ease.  The pain of the words of the other woman must have felt like a knife in Hannah's heart even encouraging words feel like a knife about something that only God is able to heal.  When we finally put our eyes on the LORD, He gives us hope in the future that He planned for our journey!  So today, whatever you face place your eyes on Jesus and feel His amazing love and comfort in your time of pain.  The love of Jesus is the healing balm that we all desire whatever our struggle might be...reach for your Redeemer!

Sweet blessings,

1 comment:

Frankie said...

Debbie your thoughts today have reminded me that I need to be careful with my words. As you said, even well meaning words meant to encourage can feel like a knife in the place that only God is meant to heal. That if definitely food for thought.

I love that Ruth the Moabite and Boaz, the kinsmen redeemer, were the parents of Obed who was the father of Jesse who was the father of David in the lineage of Jesus.