Scripture Sunday: James 1: 2-3

This week, we completed week two of the Bible study A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit. This Bible study, based on the Book of Ruth, continues to bless and convict me all at once. Today I’m going to share some insights from Day Five: It Just So Happens…and the above verses.

Ruth went to glean wheat from a local field…that just happened to belong to a relative of Elimilech’s family. The author Nicki Koziarz points out that when we decide to accept an assignment of refinement, we tend to have lots of “just so happened” moments. 

Did you ever do the sand and gravel experiment in church when you were little? The experiment is an illustration of our lives when we put God first verses when we don’t. Take a vessel, some sand and some rocks. The sand represents everything else in your life and the rocks represent God. If you pour in the sand first, the rocks won’t fit, but if you put the rocks in first, the sand falls into place. Our lives are like that too. If we put everything else first, God gets what’s leftover, but if we put God first, everything else falls into place. 

Ruth did that very thing. She trusted God and he sent her Boaz. He chose to protect her and provide for her because he heard about what she’d done for Naomi. She trusted God and he met her needs. 

Now, let’s look at that memory verse. When we face trials, God wants us to trust Him and persevere. Ruth lost her husband, brother in law and father in law. She left her home country to go to a land where she knew one person only. Talk about trials! She persevered and in the end, she was mature and complete and lacked nothing. God uses trials to shape and mature us as Christians. Let’s persevere and emerge victorious and lacking nothing. 

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