Tag: Naomi

The Unexpected Lives Of Ruth

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

The Book of Ruth starts out one way and ends up much differently.

Naomi – expected to stay in Israel her whole life, see her sons marry Israelites, and give her grandchildren. Ruth- probably expected to remain in Moab, marry a Moabite and live and die that way. Boaz – undoubtedly expected to marry an Israelite, but then he got older and probably thought he wouldn’t marry at all. Then Naomi moves to Moab, her sons marry Moabites, and her husband and sons die. Ruth marries a foreigner who dies. Then Ruth returns with Naomi to Israel where Boaz is now an older man, expecting never to marry. But the old bachelor marries, Ruth becomes an Israelite, and the bereaving Naomi is comforted and rejoices.

Nobody’s life went as planned. So, too, if you follow God, your life may not go according to your plans. But God’s plans are better. He never promises a perfect picket fence life. He promises a redeemed life. It will turn out better than your plans for a “perfect life”. Go God’s way, for His way is better, and His life is better than what you planned.

Today’s Mission – Today, choose to walk in God’s plan for your life and not your own.

by Jonathan Cahn

The Good Stubbornness

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58

In the Book of Ruth, Naomi tries to convince her Gentile daughters-in-law Orpah and Ruth not to follow her as she returns to Israel. Orpah finally agrees, but Ruth refuses to go. When Naomi realizes that Ruth is steadfast, she lets Ruth come along. ‘Ahmetz’ is the Hebrew word for ‘steadfast.’ ‘Ahmetz’ can also mean stubborn, obstinate, courageous, fortified and hardened.

We know it’s not good to be stubborn in sin and obstinate against God, but it’s very good to be stubborn in love and obstinate for Him. It’s not enough to follow God; you must be ahmetz in your following. Like Ruth, be characterized in your walk by holy ahmetz. Be stubborn in your commitment, and fortified in your hope. Because if you’re not stubborn about what’s good, the enemy will discourage you from entering the blessing God has for you. Ruth obstinately refused to be discouraged. When the enemy sees that you are ahmetz, he too will give up. Be steadfast in faith, unwavering in hope, and stubborn in love. Be an ahmetz believer, and nothing on earth will keep you from the blessings God has in store.

Today’s Mission – Today, obstinately refuse to allow the enemy to discourage you. Be stubborn in your commitment.

by Jonathan Cahn