From Shame to Glory Part 2


“God Can Turn It Around”

“Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. And she said, ‘Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.’ But Ruth said:

      ‘Entreat me not to leave you,
      Or to turn back from following after you;
      For wherever you go, I will go;
      And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
      Your people shall be my people,
      And your God, my God.’ (Ruth 1:14-16)

 

            As we can clearly see, the Moabites carried a very shameful past. A past that even today (2011) could destroy your possibilities of prospering forever. Basically, you have two seemly young ladies who felt that the way to keep their family’s existence going was by getting their father drunk and having sex with him. Genesis 19:31-36 tells us the story:

“Now the firstborn said to the younger, ‘Our father is old, and there is no man on the earth to come in to us as is the custom of all the earth. Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve the lineage of our father.’ So they made their father drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.
 It happened on the next day that the firstborn said to the younger, ‘Indeed I lay with my father last night; let us make him drink wine tonight also, and you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve the lineage of our father.’ Then they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.
Thus both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father.’

 

            The bottom line is that the Moabites serve other gods; even as they were descendants of Abraham, also. Lot was actually Abraham’s nephew, but not a part of the promise given to Abraham. The amazing fact about this story is how God can take a shameful situation and turn it around for good. Ruth was to become the great king David’s grandmother, but also, she carried the amazing privilege of being a part of our Saviors genealogy.

            I am sure you have some shameful situation where you were directly or indirectly involved in something you hope the world will never know! I am sure that many have a past that is constantly hunting your present and stealing the wings of your future. I don’t know what it is! However, if, like Ruth, we abandon our gods and our worthless ways and go wholeheartedly after Jehovah He will turn things around for good. God wants to take us from shame to glory!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “From Shame to Glory Part 2

  1. God can turn it around and make a way when there is no way.He is a way maker. I love how the book of Ruth closes. Obed is the name of the son that is born to Ruth after her marriage to Boaz, kinsman of Naomi. The name Obed means servant/worshipper, but he is described in the text as ‘restorer of life and nourisher of your old age.’ We discover in the text that Obed is the grandfather of David, author of some of the greatest Psalms and perhaps one of the great worshipers of the bible. Each time I read the story of Ruth, I am touched by her natural and genuine dedication to Naomi. I love the way that Ruth honors Naomi by remaining with her, even after permission is granted for her to move forward with her life among her own people. Ruth not only remains with Naomi, but respects her desires, nourishes her by the work of her hands, and embraces her into future generations of the family by allowing her to nurse the infant Obed. Indeed, this is really a story of mutual love and encouragement across generational lines – a relevant and poignant reminder of God’s intention for family relationships.

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