This month our Victory group will study what the Bible says about wealth, blessings, money. I’ll be summarizing each chapter from the book Till Debt Do Us Part, by Chinkee Tan. Chapter 1 is all about Foundations of Wealth. To … Continue reading
We may know Ruth and Boaz love story being told in the book of Ruth (that’s what I know). But when we studied the book for our Victory group, when we dive into details, I understand how Naomi, Ruth and Boaz play a significant role in the fulfillment of the gospel. What can we learn from Naomi, Ruth and Boaz?
Naomi. She left Judah and went to Moab together with her husband and two sons, but unfortunately, her family died and she was left with her in-laws, Orpah and Ruth. Orpah choose to go back to her parents while Ruth stays with her. Naomi admits and repents that she sinned against God, and she accepts the consequences of her sin and she thought that the Lord afflicted her. Naomi said in Ruth 1:20-21 “Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.” But the Lord, is a gracious God, He forgives Naomi and eventually restore what she lost through Ruth. In the end, Naomi had a grandson Obed whom the root of King David and Jesus came from. Who would have thought that after almost losing everything, the Lord still blessed Naomi with a daughter like Ruth who stays with her until the end. Ruth 4:14-16 “The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.” Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. 17 The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.” Naomi admits her mistake, surrendered to God and she accept God’s gift of restoration. What if she didn’t?
Ruth. Ruth is a Moabite, as a Moabite she don’t believe in the Lord, they worship idols. But in Ruth 1:16 says “But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” I believe Ruth has a divine encounter with God, that despite of bad things happened to Naomi, Ruth start believing Naomi’s God, she loves Naomi and stays with her. She demonstrates a love that perseveres, obeys, honors and endures. Ruth persevere, she works in the field to pick-up left over grain behind harvesters. The Lord sees this perseverance from Ruth, so she received favor from the Lord through Boaz. She was allowed to pick-up grain, invited for lunch or dinner perhaps, and invited her to glean together with Boaz women harvesters. Boaz knew the kindness of Ruth to her mother-in-law, that’s why she found favor in his eyes, and it’s a long story of Ruth obedience and honor, until Boaz marry Ruth and they have a son. Ruth patiently waits. Ruth doesn’t go ahead of God. God will give us what we need, when we obey. We don’t have to hurry; we have to wait for Him in obedience. God gives us what we need when we need it, and He knows better if we really need it, when we need it. We just have to do what God has told us to do; we don’t have to rush, because everything will fall into place. The more we do things our way, the harder it is for God to work in our lives. What it Ruth doesn’t encounter God and don’t stay with Naomi?
Boaz. Boaz is a man of honor. He is a leader, provider and protector. He has a godly leadership, his people respect him, though he is a kinsman, he remains humble and generous. He is also a good provider and protector, in Ruth 2:8-9 says So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.” This 3 character: leader, provider and protector every Christian man should desire, and every Christian woman must consider as non-negotiable in considering potential mate. What if Boaz didn’t honor Ruth, what if he didn’t lead, provide and protect Ruth since he saw her for the first time?
This entire event in the life of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz is orchestrated by God for a greater purpose, far greater than themselves, for the benefit of others. Naomi’s life was restored, Ruth encountered the Lord and she chose to worship and obey the Lord, while Boaz remains single until he found Ruth, and he offered marriage to Ruth. This marriage bears a son, where the lineage of the Son- , Jesus Christ who saves the world came from. In Matthew 1:5 “Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse and Jesse the father of King David.”
All the perplexing turns in our lives are going somewhere good. God is with us and for us in these strange turns. – Sweet Bitter Providence, John Piper
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It’s been 5 years since I joined my first and last ever Victory Alabang single’s retreat. In 5 years, ang dami nang nagbago. Cai, our VG leader, is like our mother, she looks after us and ensure that we’re having … Continue reading
First time in our Victory Group to celebrate a thanksgiving party. Cai hosted our dinner in their lovely crib in Ohana. We are asked to write our Top 10 “Thank You’s for 2011. And since God has taught me to be content and live a simple life this year, I thought of thanking God for what i have, for the things that most of the time i ignore because i’m desiring for more or worst focusing on things that I don’t have. There you go…This 2011 I thank God for….
1. My family, for my sister and nanay who’s been there for me in good and bad times.
2. Old & new friends in Victory (VG – whose been there for me all this time and for deeper friendship with them & KC volunteers), Monsanto and in UP, Relatives (Sanchez & Sumaway), for the love and encouragement.
3. Provision for me & my family’s basic needs Comfortable house to live, that we never get affected by strong typhoons, Good food cooked by nanay everyday and free dine-outs, Old & few new clothes, sandals & bags that I can mix and match. (Thank you Lord that I can also borrow from my sister)
4. Good health! That after series of consultation, I thank God I’m free from sickness.
5. Strength and wisdom doing work and studies at the same time. It’s really God!
6. My work in Monsanto. Good compensation & benefits, trainings and exposure.
7. “JJ” my companion wherever I go! My favorite spot to meet God!
8. LCD TV without cable, laptop & we roam to surf and do my term papers (not an Ipad2), not so reliable N97 (not a BB or iPhone)
9. Places I’ve been too early this year. Davao, Subic, Batangas, Tagaytay, KL, SG
11. Newborn baby “Misha Venice” my pretty and lovely pamangkin, who brings joy in our family.
12. Nanay’s 60th Birthday – for long life, good health, simple yet happy celebration
13. Finally, finish with so much learnings and confidence in “Training for Victory”
14. Renovated bathroom, kitchen and new oven at home
15. RRA and GCs received during Monsanto 2011 Christmas Party
16. Bringing me to situations where I don’t have a choice but to fully surrender everything to Him. For always reminding me to be fully dependent in God alone in all areas of my life. He always made me realized that without God I am nothing. In my weakness and during down times, He moves in my life amazingly!
By the way, i wrote more than ten because i cant get enough of God blessings, countless!
I choose to celebrate my 30th birthday in 2011 with my victory group. We had so much fun, chat, eat, pictorial, swim, walk around and enjoy the beauty of Taal Lake in Club Balai Isabel. I love these girls! Aside from the fact that we believe in one God and we share the same faith, we also share the same likes – which is Kikay stuff!
After Christmas dinner with my Victory group, we hang-out at Haagen Dazs in Alabang Town Center and tried their chocolate fondue. Sinful right?
But we don’t care, its Christmas and its time to enjoy good food with good friends. We’re all hype and excited for our ice cream, choco fondue and toppings! woot^woot^
After few hours…. Ang sarap naman kasi!!!