Ruth came from an idolatrous background. But she had come to believe in the God of her husband’s people, the God of Israel. Ruth suffered the loss of her husband and all the accompanying joy at a young age. But Ruth would not lose her faith in God, not even with the persuasion of her mother-in-law. She affirmed her resolve to cling to, and bound herself to the living God thus,
“Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me (Ruth 1:16-17).
Nobody could trust God like Ruth and go empty handed. In the end, God settled Ruth in the home of a rich man that feared Him, and made her become one of the matriarchs of the famous king David. Dare to be like Ruth!
Obededom was a nobody in Israel, a thing that made it easy for King David to ‘dump’ the Ark of an ‘angry’ God in his house. But God identified with the low state of the downtrodden Obededom and blessed him and his entire household. In just three month, his fame had spread throughout all the land of Israel. “And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness” (2Sam 6:12).
Are you been dumped at in your family cycle, neighbourhood, Church parish, place of work; it is when the most menial jobs are to be done you’re remembered and even insulted at it, have the patience and faith of Obededom. Your announcement comes fast!
Note this, although the Ark was taken away from the house of Obededom, the blessing of God was never removed from him and his household.
Hannah endured years of barrenness and the resultant tauntings of a wicked co-wife. Deep rooted heart sorrow drove her into earnest supplication at Shiloh. Undaunted by the insult of her Priest who thought she was drunk, she persevered in the spirit of meekness. Hannah got what she wanted from God through her faith in the prophecy pronounced on her by the same Priest!
Note this, Hannah put her confidence and faith in God into ACTION by stopping being moody and sad. Her testimony broke forth! Hannah sang in praise to God thus, “My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation…He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and he hath set the world upon them (1Sam 2:1,8). God turned the shame of Hannah to fame. He’ll do yours too. Dare to trust in God like Hannah!
Please be encouraged by the testimonies of others. Our redeemer lives!
These people lived at different times and ages but trusted the same God. That God never failed them.
That God never changes. His policy never changes – “They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded” (Ps 22:5).
If you hang around and anchor fast to this God long enough, you’ll come back with testimony.
credit: Bro Raphael