Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
This weekend we continued The Story with chapter 9. This chapter about Ruth’s story is an incredible testament to the life-changing power of God’s redemption.
Ruth encountered terrible misfortune during her life. As a young woman she was widowed, so she followed her mother-in-law (who was also widowed) back to a foreign land. It was there that Ruth made her living gleaning whatever food the harvesters dropped or missed while they were in the fields. Talk about an unexpected life direction!
The story doesn’t end there, however. The owner of one of the fields, Boaz, takes notice of Ruth. She shows her interest in him and vice versa and they end up marrying. But that’s not all: not only is Ruth’s life improved from marrying Boaz, but it is through her line that David AND Jesus is born. Now that’s a great end to a story!
It could have been so easy for Ruth to give up after her first husband died, but she persevered. Have you ever concluded that you knew the end of the story before you reached the end of the story? Don’t give up, because God sure hasn’t given up on you. God isn’t interested in making your life better. His goal is to make it better than ever.
Verses and quotes from the message:
Ruth 1:1, Judges 17:6, Ruth 1:1-2, Ruth 1:16-17, Ruth 1:19-21, Ruth 2:1, Ruth 3:1, Ruth 3:3-5, Ruth 3:10; Ruth 3:12-13, Ruth 4:9-10, Ruth 4:13, Ruth 4:14-17
“The experience of loss does not need to be the defining moment of our story. The defining moment can be our response to the loss. The story doesn’t have to be about the loss; the story could be about our response to the loss.” Gerald Sittser
Big Idea: God isn’t interested in making your life better. His goal is to make it better than ever.
Let it be Known – Tim Hughes
I Will Follow – Chris Tomlin
My Heart is Yours – Kristian Stanfill
Called Me Higher – Leslie Jordan