Redeemed: At the City Gate

Meanwhile, Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there just as the guardian-redeemer he had mentioned came along….(Ruth 4:1).

Last night I asked my girls bible study, “What do you need God to redeem in your life? What are you walking through right now that’s painful and hard?” With their eyes locked in on me, I shared about my own painful seasons of life that I had walked through. I shared about the dark seasons I walked through as a teenager and how my life, at the time, felt purposeless and hopeless. Yet, God gave me hope.
I think that’s one of the best messages we can share with a young person- God offers hope.
The story of Ruth hits yet another climactic moment as Boaz sits down at the town gate. Ruth is about to be redeemed after a time of desolation and despair. The way in which Boaz will redeem her blesses her life in great abundance. He is fully prepared to be that man for her and redeem her life from the pit.
Maybe you’ve been there in the place of desolation. Sometimes our desolation intensifies or continues because we have hardened our hearts towards God. Other times our lack of faith keeps us from seeing the goodness of God, so we never practice faith and stay stuck in unbelief. In my own heart, I often get impatient with God, wanting Him to redeem my situation in my way and in my timing. For me, I have to daily offer up myself and my heart as a sacrifice before God. Until I live as a daily sacrifice, joy dies in my heart because of things like impatience, unbelief, and discontentment.
I want to live as a dead woman, but not a woman who has no life in her, but someone who is dead to the attitudes, and coping mechanisms that have long tried to destroy me.
The longer I grow in love, the deeper my heart becomes changed. Changed into something brand new. Changed into something with great peace and purpose. Changed into what my own life needs most in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Sometimes I think we’re looking for God to change our circumstances when really what He’s trying to do is change us in them. Therefore, we must believe in hope that God is working out all things for our good and His glory, in Jesus name.
Lord, I believe, help my unbelief! I have so much growing to do still! I need your love and grace to surround me. Jesus, be my joy. Forgive me for my impatience and lack of faith. Grow me in joy as my heart lives surrendered to your love. Thank you, Jesus, for your grace. I need more of it in my life, Amen.

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