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Lord, If You’re Listening, Help!

Coined from a hit movie in the 1990’s, the term “Groundhog Day” has become synonymous with reliving the same day over and over again. We get up at the same time, eat the same meals, go to the same places and talk to the same people. It’s a life characterized by monotony, dull work and apathy.

At some point, it’s likely Naomi woke up one morning and said, “It’s Groundhog Day!” She lived in a land of pagans for over a decade, away from her people and removed from God’s presence. She witnessed immorality time and again as the Moabites offered sacrifices to pacify their “angry gods.” Naomi suffered tragedy, one after another. First it was famine, and then it was the death of her husband and sons. Her means of life were lost, all the while living among a people “separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12).

How many times did Naomi lie awake at night remembering the stories of God’s mighty hand at work in times past? Jesus had rescued Israel from Egyptian slavery. He split the Sea and conquered their enemies. Naomi knew how her God fought desperately for His people and delivered them through numerous waves of war (Ex. 14:14). Why had God abandoned her now?

Finally, God moved in a visible way. He sent provision into Naomi’s life through Ruth by means of Boaz (Ruth 2:17-19). Naomi was renewed in her spirit because of Boaz’s kindness. Her hope was restored! Like Boaz showed love to Ruth, Jesus pours out His love on us. Having experienced God’s love, we too can offer hope to others through our kindness, compassion and generosity.

Reflect:

  • Today, Jesus’ primary means of giving hope to a desperate world is through His body on earth, the Church. What blessings have you received you can use to serve your church?
  • Ask Jesus to show you someone in your life who has lost hope. Then, decide to do something kind for them this week as a reminder that God has not forgotten about them.
  • Have the everyday things of your life become ordinary and boring? What if today all you had was what you thanked God for yesterday? Create a gratitude list and thank God for His daily provision in your life.


 

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