This is what God gave me today in His word:
And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then she came softly and uncovered his feet and lay down. At midnight the man was startled and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet! He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.” And he said, “May you be blessed by the LORD, my daughter. You have made this last kindness greater than the first in that you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich. (Ruth 3:7-10)
Now, isn’t this wonderful? Ruth comes, asking her redeemer to take her under his wing; to protect her, and not only does he do so, but he also blesses her in the Lord. Not only that, but he calls her his “daughter”, signifying the feeling of protection he has for her. – You don’t let your daughter be unprotected, and by calling Ruth his daughter, he was essentially taking her into his family, and telling her that he would be her protector and guardian. I mean, really, what a perfect picture of our relationship with Christ!
Jesus, though it cost Him His very life, freely took us under His wing. In Christ, we are now sons and daughters of God almighty. As the Psalmist puts it:
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. (Psalm 91:1-4)
Through Jesus, and Him alone, we can be protected from sin. He is our shelter and our mighty rock. – Our redeemer has taken us and made us a part of His family; He has taken us into His family, and through His blood poured out on our behalf, we have been made new creations, holy, spotless and pure. Though sometimes we may not feel so spotless or pure, and though we may fall to sin occasionally, Christ can give us the strength to overcome in every situation. – We do still need to exercise that strength that God gives us and resist temptation, but even in that God gives us the very will to exercise the strength He has given us. As Paul promises us: there is no temptation that God will not provide a way for us to stand up under it. (See: 1 Corinthians 10:13).
The point being this: in every situation, we can know that our kinsmen redeemer, Jesus Christ, can and will give us strength.
You are Loved!