Be Strong and Courageous

Read Ruth 3

When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. (Ruth 3.7)

Throughout the Bible there is the recurring message: “Be strong and courageous… for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1.7) Ruth demonstrates just this sort of strength in leaving behind her homeland to provide for her mother-in-law. She shows great courage by going to Boaz at the threshing floor, risking a social scandal, yet trusting that God will be with her even there.

Karen was a widow at 35. She had three children, scarce income, and not much business acumen. She had very little, but she had a lot of faith. With some help from her brother, she fixed up her home and started a childcare. By the time her own children went to school, she was ready to expand, so she rented space at a local church. When I came to know her, the childcare had become not only a nursery, but preschool, and after-school center which had a building of its own and employed a dozen teachers. Karen earned enough to put all three of her children through college.

Often God calls us to take risks, to provide for ourselves and our loved ones. We are to be strong and courageous, confident in the Spirit of Christ that God will be with us wherever we go.


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