Why We Need a Redeemer



“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.



When It's Time to Move Beyond Preparing

“Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that He may come and rain righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12 ESV


Who knew a simple phone call could bring with it a life-changing decision to be made? A choice that would either allow me to stay in my current place of comfort or alter the course of my future?

I answered the call with all the reluctance of a child jumping into deep water for the first time ever. I’d spoken to this woman before. Several times, in fact. I’d called her with questions about an area of ministry I had been exploring and praying about, and I knew she had years of experience there.

But I hadn’t yet made the decision to move in that direction.

Now here we were, having an unexpected conversation about an open door of opportunity. She knew about my interest, so she felt compelled to call and offer me the chance first.

And even though I’d spent years preparing my soil, I wasn’t ready to sow the seed.


“Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that He may come and rain righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12 ESV


In the verse above, the prophet Hosea brought a word of warning to the people of Israel. They’d let themselves get too comfortable in their sinful ways, and now it was time. Time to sow. Time to seek. Time to reap.

Fallow ground refers to ground that has been tilled and prepared for planting, but then left alone far too long. Because the preparations have been left unattended, the ground must be broken up and weeds removed before it is usable once again.


We can be like that too, can’t we?

We read our daily devotionals based on Bible stories.

We pray.

We ask God for guidance.

We study.

We memorize our favorite Scriptures.

But then when God brings opportunity our way, (when we least expect it,) we make excuses. We find reasons why we shouldn’t. We even convince ourselves God must’ve meant it for someone else. We prepare our hearts to receive, but then we don’t allow Him to move in our lives.

From God’s Word through Hosea, we find a valuable truth, one we should plant in our spirits for the coming year and beyond.


Once we've prepared our hearts, it's time to do what God has called us to do - seek Him. (Tweet this.)


Jeremiah 29:13 ESV says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Yes, it is so important to prepare. But we can’t stop there. If we don’t sow seeds of righteousness, our ground will become stale, stagnant.

When the phone call came that day, I had prepared my soil. I even found comfort in the safety of God’s promises and the peace of His presence, so much that I just wanted to linger there. But when opportunity came to jump into the deep water, I wasn’t ready to sow the seed. Instead, I left the soil to harden and grow weeds.

That was many years ago, and from that experience I learned how to seek Him without fear. Seek Him in all things. Seek Him, and know that everything else will fall into place.

We can have the same comfort and peace, even in the uncertainty of deep water, when we let go of reluctancy and do what God has called us to do.

May you continue to seek God fully in 2018. Your heart is prepared, now get ready to reap the harvest.





Interested in learning more about how to seek God in decision-making? Find out more about the 5-day study, Walking with Rahab, by clicking the link here.