Be Still and Know…by Gus Keiser

So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When they came together, the Lord made her conceive, and she bore a son. ~Ruth 4: 13

I’m not some schmaltzy sentimentalist or romantic, but I will admit; I love a good love story… and that’s exactly what we find here in the book of Ruth.  Most of the time, when we look at the book of Ruth, we are able to read about this nice little love story… or even this great, little love story.  And unless you read beneath the veneer of this account, that’s all that it is.  But in reality, it’s a story that displays just how deep and long-reaching the work of God is carried out in our lives and in the lives of those who will come after us.

 Let’s examine this story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz.  None of these characters really stands out as being anyone special or outstanding.  In fact, if it were possible for us to look all around during the time these three lived, we would find that there were quite a few other persons whose circumstances were very similar to those in which these three found themselves.  And while all three of these individuals each possessed admirable qualities… qualities that we can and should mimic in our own lives… that’s not all there is to their story.

 Their story shows how each of us may well have an impact on those generations to follow us… people we aren’t ever going to live to meet but who will be affected immensely by what we may say or do today… and leave it to God to orchestrate it all.

 Many of those things we say and do today will have significant impact and have the potential of affecting the lives of our great-great-great-great grandchildren.  There is no way we can ever realize just how our lives may touch the lives of those who will come after us.  But God has given us this way of knowing how to live our lives now, today.  Each of us has the opportunity to be the kind of ancestor that anyone would be glad to have as part of their family tree.  So, as we work our way through this life, let us not forget… to do our best to live wisely and in a way that always brings honor to God, so that one day, someone will look back upon his or her family tree, and be able to say with pride… “That great person was my ancestor, and that makes me want to live my life the way he (or she) did, so that my descendants will someday feel the same way about me.”

 Don’t ever forget…no matter what may happen in your life, the impact it may have on those who follow you will go a long way in helping them to handle any situation in their life… and when that impact is God-based, their life will be benefitted beyond measure.

God, may the lives we lead in your name and in your honor be a blessing and a benefit to those who will follow after us.  Amen.