Partners in Pain
‘... AND THE WOMAN WAS LEFT ... WITH HER DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW’
When their husbands died, Naomi, Ruth and Orpah became partners in pain. Unless
you’ve been there, you can’t relate to it. It’s a fellowship that transcends age, race,
background and status; it brings the oddest people together. When you’re hurting,
don’t look for validation from those who haven’t walked in your shoes. People
can’t give you what they don’t have. Often the best they have to offer is the kind of
Thank You, Lord,
optimism that’s glib and quickly becomes annoying.
for the people
Until you can start to make sense of your pain and see the greater good in it, you’ll
around me who
feel like a victim. But once you see God’s grace at work, and His purpose in it all,
have been there
you can begin to move ahead...to
marry...to have another baby...to
get another job...
to dream another dream...to
of pain in my life.
Spurgeon wrote: ‘Just as old soldiers compare stories and scars, when we arrive at
Even though I still
our heavenly home we’ll tell of the faithfulness of God who brought us through. I
wouldn’t like to be pointed out as the only one who never experienced sorrow or feel
like a stranger in the midst of that sacred fellowship. Therefore, be content to share
issues, Lord, I am
in the battle, for soon we will wear the crown.’
not fi nished yet.
When it feels as if all Hell has broken loose in your life, remember, satan hasn’t
Let me dust off
snatched the steering wheel from God. No, God’s got it all worked out. Victory is
some of those past
born out of struggle. Be encouraged! God often accomplishes more through our pain
dreams and be
than He does through our successes. So, hold on to His unchanging hand!
determined to see
them happen, as all
things are possible
When The Clock Is Against You
for those who
‘HE SHALL BE...A RESTORER OF THY LIFE, AND A NOURISHER OF believe. In Jesus’
THINE OLD AGE’ RUTH 4:15. name.
What do you do when you’ve got the wisdom, but not the time, to do it all again?
‘I came across
Your window of opportunity seems closed. You’ve still got the desire, but when
you look in the mirror, the wrinkles and sags confi rm that the clock is against you.
Listen to Naomi: ‘...go your way; for I am too old...’ (Ruth 1:12).
Today. It really
She was saying, ‘Don’t hang around waiting for me. My life’s over!’ When you feel
changed my life’
as if you’ve run out of time you can get bitter and start pushing people away,
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expired, He can re-commission you. Oh yes He can! He’s the God of second chances.
With Him you’re never too old!
Listen: ’ So Boaz took Ruth and she … gave birth to a son. The women said to
Naomi: “Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-
redeemer… He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. Then Naomi
took the child, laid him in her lap and cared for him.’ Biologically it was impossible
for Naomi to give birth to a baby! But when God wants to give you something, even
if it breaks every rule in the book, He’ll do it. It’s not over until God says it’s over!
He can do things you’ve never seen before and can’t even begin to explain. So trust
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