This Week’s Challenge from the Book of Ruth July 26, 2015

In this weekend’s sermon from Ruth 2:1-23 (as we took a short break from our summer series in The Ten Commandments) we learned that God is a sovereign God. Since He’s a sovereign God…

  1. We can trust He knows the big picture.
  2. We can trust His providential hand leads us toward His redemptive purposes.
  3. We can find refuge in Him.
  4. Our hope can be restored.

So even though some of our circumstances may be seemingly hopeless, as in Naomi’s and Ruth’s case, there is always hope in Christ.

But what should we do with this hope? What should we do when we find ourselves in seemingly hopeless situations? I believe the answer is simple, yet challenging at the same time.

OUR CHALLENGE: Regardless of your circumstance, keep doing what God has gifted you to do, with living hope in your heart.

Be like Ruth, who was gifted with the wonderful virtues of loyalty and a very strong work ethic, who continued working for herself and her mother-in-law despite her circumstance.

Be like Joseph from the end of the Book of Genesis, who, although he was betrayed by his brothers and falsely accused of sexual assault, continued to do what God had gifted him to do: administration and the interpretation of dreams. And although he was forgotten in the jail cell after interpreting some dreams, he continued to work unto the Lord until the day he was remembered and was brought before Pharaoh.

So as you wait on the Lord, keep doing what He’s gifted you to do. And keep holding onto the hope you have in Christ as you trust that your circumstance is being used for a grand purpose. 

Ultimately, trust the Gospel; trust that a day will come when all suffering will be done away with by Jesus, and, with hope in your heart, look forward to that day.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Rom. 15:13).

—Pastor Marttell