In Your Time

Bible Reading: Ruth 1; 2; 3; 4

I've gone through times in my life when I felt like Naomi did ...that God had abandoned me, afflicted me, brought misfortune upon me, and made my life bitter and empty (1:20-21). But God was faithful. Just as Naomi was later able to say that God had renewed her life and sustained her in her old age, I'm also able to say that he renewed my life and sustained me (though I'm not in my old age yet!). Out of Naomi's loss and pain, he blessed her with a daughter-in-law "of noble character" ..."who loved her and was better to her than seven sons," a grandson who would carry on her husband's name and share in the genealogy of Christ, and a son-in-law who provided for her material needs (4:14-17). God replaced her bitterness with blessing, her pain with peace, her despair with delight, her fear with faith.

Thank you, Lord, for using the bitter seasons in my life to pave the way for your blessings. You are faithful to me beyond comprehension and I am constantly amazed at your love. In your time, you make all things work for good for those who love you (Rom. 8:28). Though I have endured seasons of anguish and bitterness, you have blessed me richly. I'm reminded of the song: "In your time, in your time, you make all things beautiful in your time. Lord, please show me every day, as you're teaching me your way, that you do just what you say, in your time."