If you have read my Victory Calls over the years you know I do not like seasons where all I can do is wait. I prefer to see things move along fast, faster, and much faster! I know I am not alone.
I was reminded when I got a phone call from a dear friend and mom how we don’t like to wait. She was having her own battle with waiting. She was going to be joining me in a Bible study on Ruth in a few days. Before we even began my friend went ahead and read the scripture. When she called she shared that she was hanging onto a verse in Ruth. It comforted her heart and she was clinging to what she found. Ruth 3:18 says “Wait, my daughter until you know how the matter turns out; for the man will not rest until he has settled it today.”
In the story of Ruth we find a woman in a desperate situation who is seeking to be redeemed by her kinsman redeemer. This verse is spoken by her mother-in-law who is in just as much of a desperate situation. Her advice is to wait to see how things turn out. There is a man, the kinsman redeemer, involved. He is the one who can remove these ladies from a dark and bleak future.
You would have to come to the study for all the details but today I want you to ponder what my friend gleaned from this verse.
1. Yes, you have to wait.
2. You are a daughter.
3. We have a control problem. (We have a plan. We can fix it, by golly.)
4. We have a kinsman redeemer who is taking care of the problem. He knows how it will turn out.
I’ve started to cling to this verse, too. I am grateful for my friend who is learning to wait with me. I am glad that Naomi and Ruth had each other just like I have my friend. As I keep in perspective the facts – I am a daughter and I have a kinsman redeemer who does not rest and is settling my matters – it’s a lot easier to wait.
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick in the Development Department. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 28 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and has taught Sunday school and Bible studies for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.