Why We Need a Redeemer

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“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion…” Psalms 103:2-4 NIV

Ruth. One of my favorite women in the Bible. Ruth’s future didn’t look too promising, but that didn’t stop her from making history.

Ruth lost her husband early in their marriage, and she soon separated from her sister, whom I’m sure she’d come to depend on for love and support. I mean, who else could identify with her situation and understand like a sister?

But in spite of all that, Ruth knew the meaning of the word commitment. Her words have become a well-known testament to faith in God. Talking to her mother-in-law, she said:

“Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16

A hard worker by nature, Ruth didn’t give up when bleakness persisted. She took it one day at a time, doing more than expected. Why? Because it was the right thing to do, of course. And that’s just the type of character God can use to fulfill His divine plan.

 

But she couldn’t do it without a redeemer.

 

“If you will redeem it, do so. But if you will not, tell me, so I will know. For no one has the right to do it except you, and I am next in line.” Ruth 4:4

 

As Ruth’s intended redeemer, Boaz rightfully presented Ruth’s situation to Elimelek. Ruth and Noami anticipated the outcome of that meeting. Elimelek was the nearest kin to Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi, and he could have taken Ruth in, vowing life-long responsibility to the two women.

They had nothing to worry about though. God’s planned redeemer was in place. Boaz stepped in, binding the promise that would seal the covenant and continue the family lineage with the birth of their son, Obed, future grandfather to King David.

We can learn many valuable lessons from Ruth's life, including this:

God’s plan for her life could be fulfilled because she was redeemed.

God used Ruth to continue the lineage from which His son Jesus Christ would come to earth. And God will use us too, because through a life with Jesus, we are redeemed.

Blessings,

Kristine

When Comparison Causes Me to Doubt My Worth

I shouldn’t have come, I thought. I scanned the crowded room, searching for a familiar face. I took an awkward side-step out of the way as a group of giggling girlfriends came toward me. A quick glance at the door told me I might be able to exit without anyone noticing. Before making my getaway, the host intercepted and led me to an empty table.

Enthusiasm filled the air, but to me it felt as distant as the ladies laughing and joking with each other. In the midst of all the hugs, selfies, and squeals of new friendships forming, I couldn’t help but feel something missing. Like they all had something I didn’t - companionship, belonging. And with every pang of longing felt, the voice of comparison grew louder and louder. Before I realized it, my compulsion to compare caused me to question my worth.

A woman in Scripture named Leah knew a thing or two about comparison. From the first moment we meet her, we get a glimpse of her countenance through the look in her eyes.

“There was no sparkle in Leah’s eyes, but Rachel had a beautiful figure and a lovely face,” (Genesis 29:17 NLT).

Leah led a sparkle-free life. Her special qualities concealed inside. She was just an ordinary girl who didn’t see anything super special about herself.

From where she stood, her sister Rachel seemed to have it all - beauty, her father’s affection, her husband Jacob’s love. When the two sisters were together, heads always turned toward Rachel. Leah had grown used to that, so it didn’t surprise her when Jacob favored her younger sister. And focusing on Rachel only magnified her emptiness.

When we compare, we turn our focus away from God. We let negative self-talk determine our worth. By seeing all she was missing, Leah allowed comparison to steal her shine. But God saw something more. He saw her as the woman He created - real, wonderful, magnificent.

“How magnificent are Your works, Lord, how profound your thoughts,” (Psalm 92:5 HCSB).

Leah may have gotten caught up in competition with Rachel, but when she turned her eyes toward God, she discovered her true worth. From Leah’s story, we can learn an important truth.

When we look at ourselves and see mediocre, God looks at us and sees magnificent. (Tweet this.)

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Leah’s story brings hope today. It shows us we’re not alone in the battle with comparison. If we will let Him, God will fill the missing pieces in our hearts in the most beautiful ways, just like he did for me that night. God used a new friend at a simple gathering of women to reach out to this lonely girl. Just as I’d resolved to go hide in the bathroom, a brave young lady joined me at the table. We chatted, we connected, and best of all we found comfort in encouraging one another instead of comparing.

Just like Leah, we too can focus our gaze on God and discover our worth in our Heavenly Father. So let’s silence the voice of comparison today and see ourselves as God sees us. We are valuable. We are loved. We are His magnificent creation.

“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!” (Psalm 139:17 NLT).

 

Blessings,

Kristine

 

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