Ruth 1-2

Read Ruth 1-2

“God won’t give you more than you can handle!”

That sounds nice in the land of trite religious phrases, but drag that out into the real world and see how it holds up. More specifically, try telling that to a woman that has lost her home, her husband, and both of her sons. From Naomi’s perspective, not only had God given her far more than she could handle, he had dealt very bitterly with her, emptying her and bringing calamity upon her (1:20-21).

As it turns out, God will give you more than you can handle—a lot more than you can handle, actually. Maybe you’ve been there before. Maybe you’re there now. If not, you certainly will be there someday. Empty. Exhausted. Overwhelmed. At the end of your rope.

Yet, as painful as it is, God is still working out his plan of redemption even in—especially in—the dark days. This was Naomi’s story—homeless and widowed. This would be Israel’s story—enslaved and exiled in a foreign land. This would be Jesus’ story—dead and buried in a borrowed tomb.

Don’t be surprised when the dark days come. But take heart! “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5).

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