Today David Gilkinson (one of our church missionaries) continued a series he’d been doing in Spain called ‘La historia más grande’, focussing on the great overarching story of our salvation throughout the Bible. He emphasised that just as each story has an introduction, problem, development, solution and a ‘happily ever after’, so does the Bible, with the constant theme of God’s faithfulness throughout each stage of the ‘story’.
Today David focussed on the ‘happily ever after’ of the story of Ruth (Ruth 4v13-22), centring on two main points:
1) GOD CAN WORK HIS SALVATION PLAN EVEN THROUGH SINFUL MOMENTS
Ruth was a Moabite. She was from a nation born in incest between Lot and his daughter, and one that continued in sexual immorality and adultery, so that God forbade the Israelites to marry them. Despite this, as we see from Ruth 4v13-22, Ruth gave birth to a son named Obed, who was part of the same family line that Jesus would be born from, as we see in the genealogy in Matthew 1. God brought Jesus, the saviour of the world, through a family line of imperfect people. This demonstrates how God can work His salvation plan even through sinful moments.
This is highlighted all throughout the Bible in other moments, such as when Joseph says to his brothers
and in Romans 8v28 which declares
God is a God of redemption, who is not limited by human sinfulness. This acts as encouragement to us today because God has not finished working. He can work through the failures, sin, and weaknesses in our own lives. Take hope because God is not limited by our sinfulness. The whole Bible and our lives should be a demonstration that in the midst of brokenness, God is still working His salvation plan.
2) WE HAVE AN INHERITANCE OF BELONGING
We learnt of the vast contrast between the world’s view of inheritance and the biblical view. The inheritance of the world is an inheritance of belongings, whilst the inheritance of God is one of belonging. The story of Ruth ends in a ‘happily ever after’ in which Ruth becomes part of the family line of Jesus, entering into an inheritance of belonging. She receives an inheritance to the promised land, showing that she belongs to God and is part of His covenant people, whom God has promised his faithfulness towards. Ruth and her family are redeemed.
This is true for us too today. God has a sure inheritance for us that we can rely upon. We read of this in 1 Peter 1v3-5:
God has called us into belonging. A belonging to his kingdom, through Jesus. We have a place in the greatest story. This is our ‘happily ever after’, and it isn’t a children’s fairy tale, it is a reality even greater than life.
As we go into this week, let’s look towards our inheritance in Christ with hope and praise.
- Spend some time reflecting on the great inheritance we have in Jesus.
- Use the song ‘Brokenness Aside’ by ‘All Sons and Daughters’ to praise God that His plan is not limited by our sinfulness.
- How will your inheritance of belonging to God’s kingdom be a source of hope for you this week?