“But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried.”— Ruth 1:16-17a (NLT)
Restored Through Loss
We all know or are part of a family that has suffered a loss. It may be through death, divorce or separation. In the Book of Ruth, we learn about Naomi. Forced to leave her home because of a famine, Naomi, her husband and two sons move to Moab. Naomi’s husband dies, and she is left with her two sons. The young men get married, but they also die, leaving Naomi with her two daughters-in-law. Learning of a good harvest, Naomi decides to return to her homeland, Judah. Naomi blesses her two daughters-in-law and advises them to return to their respective families. One does so reluctantly, but the other, Ruth, pledges to stay with Naomi until death.
In Judah, Ruth supports herself and Naomi by picking up the stray corn in the field of Boaz, a distant relative. Boaz marries Ruth, and together they have a son, Obed, who would be the grandfather of King David.
“Then the women of the town said to Naomi, ‘Praise the Lord, who has now provided a redeemer for your family! May this child be famous in Israel. May he restore your youth and care for you in your old age. For he is the son of your daughter-in-law who loves you and has been better to you than seven sons!’” (Ruth 4:14-15)
Restoration for Naomi came in a unique way. God is able to restore even in the hardest situation.
Restored Through Broken Relationships
In Genesis Chapters 37 and 39-48, we learn about Joseph and his family. Joseph’s father, Jacob, loved him more than his other children. Showing favoritism, Jacob gave Joseph a magnificent coat. The gift made Joseph’s bothers hate him even more. Taking out their anger by selling him as a slave, they believed they had taken care of their “problem.” Joseph’s life took a dramatic turn. Over many years, Joseph experienced being falsely accused, imprisoned, forgotten by those he helped, and ultimately honored by the Pharaoh. Through Joseph’s governmental position, he was able to help his estranged family during a time of famine. Joseph could have taken revenge against his brothers, but he showed compassion.
“Now hurry back to my father and tell him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me master over all the land of Egypt. So come down to me immediately!’” (Genesis 45:9)
Waiting to Be Restored
Remember to pray daily for restoration. Our Lord will help you on this journey.
Dear Lord, thank you for restoring families, forgiving old hurts, mending broken hearts and healing souls. Amen.
Our God hears,