Or a different translation:
Each day, there is a “Quit Quitting” verse, and tomorrow’s verse is the one pictured above. I consulted a few commentaries to get some insight into this verse.
The book of Romans was written by Paul to the Church of Rome. It is believed to have been written around AD 57. At this time, Paul had been on his third journey as a missionary and was planning to return to Jerusalem. The Church of Rome was majority Gentile, with a substantial Jewish congregation as well. Paul wrote this letter to the Church at Rome to share his basic gospel, that God has a plan of salvation for all people- both Jewish and Gentile.
The meaning of verse 18 is this: though we face suffering and pain in this life, Christians will receive their inheritance and it will be more glorious than we could ever imagine.
So how does Paul’s letter to the Church of Rome relate to Ruth?
Ruth was likely suffering. She’d lost her husband, her brother in law, and her father in law, and now her mother in law was leaving as well. Ruth did something that Naomi didn’t expect, and tried to talk her out of doing: she clung to Naomi and vowed not to part from her.
In doing so, Ruth accepted a new assignment, and possibly the most difficult one of her life: leave her country and everything she has ever known, and follow Naomi back to her country, her family and her God.
The writer of our Bible study Nicki Koziarz, says this: “The assignments of joy, peace, and love are easy assignments for us to accept, but the assignments that challenge and stretch us are usually the assignments that make us want to quit.”
But as Paul wrote in the verse above, you may be suffering now, but unimaginable joy is headed your way. Don’t quit. If we keep going , no matter how difficult the circumstances, something wonderful awaits us on the other side.
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