May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge. (Ruth 2:12)
Boaz spoke these words of blessing to Ruth, the Moabite who was gleaning in his fields to support herself and her mother-in-law Naomi, both widowed and who had returned to live among God’s people in the midst of poverty, sorrow and great loss. God answered this prayer for Ruth beyond her wildest dreams. Not only did Boaz become her kinsmen-redeemer bearing the cost of restoring Naomi’s lost estate but he took the widowed Ruth to be his wife honoring God’s heart for the broken in need of rescue. Through their line, eventually came king David and then our Lord Jesus! Ruth who was from a nation that was God’s enemy was grafted into His family. Boaz was a type of Christ. The gospel message lived out in real people’s lives for a witness to us.
As believers, we too, being broken and need of rescue have been grafted into God’s family. Jesus is the true and ultimate Kinsmen-Redeemer. We who were His enemies by nature have become His bride. We have been given an eternal inheritance through Jesus at great cost to Him. What joy to be the object of God’s hesed love!
Hesed is the Hebrew word for God’s love for His people. It includes His covenant kindness, steadfast, faithful, unfailing, great love. His lovingkindness, mercy, goodness, faithfulness and loyalty. This BIG love of God is able to take in our painful losses and wrap them in His sure promise of peace and joy that lasts.
Praise the Lord, our Kinsmen-Redeemer who lavishes us with His hesed love and turns our mourning into dancing!
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your gift of hesed love. We ask Father that all the beloved residents You have brought us will live in this Great Love that is theirs through Jesus. May you take in each sorrow, each wound, each betrayal, each fear, each bitter tear into Your encompassing love and bring healing, wholeness true lasting joy, peace and hope of renewed life in Your family. May each precious woman know you as her Kinsmen-Redeemer and live in that secure relationship. Protection from lies and grace, grace, grace!
In Jesus precious, powerful name we pray.
Taken from our November Prayer Newsletter. If you would like to receive our monthly prayer needs please sign up here: Refuge for Women - Chicago Prayer Requests