There Are No Shortcuts

Naomi Gains a Son

So 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 women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”

Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Ruth 4:13-17

The book of Ruth may just seem like a nice story of a young girl who was fortunate! These events were all part of God’s plan for the birth of Jesus the Messiah!

Just as Ruth was unaware of the larger picture in her life, we often don’t know the full purpose & importance of our lives. So let us learn from this & make choices with God’s eternal purpose & values in mind. Let us choose to avoid taking moral shortcuts & living for short-range pleasures.

Ruth positioned herself for greatness through her obedience when it seemed like it was taking her nowhere! Her faithfulness & commitment stayed in place when everything inside of her was shouting to leave. Remember, if we can out live the challenges with our integrity in tacked, the rewards will outweigh any sacrifice.

There are no shortcuts! Let us live life right & Jesus will make it right.

  • Basil