Naomi Has a Son

Peggy Byland

READ : Ruth 4:11-22

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. (v. 15 TNIV)

Naomi, who had lost all—husband, sons, home, and hope—now had a son. She who was empty became full. The birth of Ruth's son brought the promise of a continuing family line. But the greatest blessing in Naomi's life was Ruth herself.

When Ruth returned from the threshing floor after spending the night with Boaz, Naomi had asked her, “How did things go with you, my daughter?” Literally translated, her question was, “Who are you, my daughter?” More than a faithful daughter-in-law, Ruth would provide Naomi with a place in the history of God's people as the great-grandmother of Israel's King David.

Since seven was considered a number of completeness, seven sons was the epitome of blessings in Israel. To Naomi, Ruth was better than seven sons. Ruth's devotion and unconditional love help us understand the steadfast love of the Lord, who in his time will fill us to overflowing if we remain faithful to him.

Naomi took the child, laid him in her lap, and cared for him. In the lap of God we find forgiveness, grace, and love. In the lap of God we discover hope for a new life filled with many blessings.

PRAYER

Gracious God, thank you for the outpouring of your blessings that come through our times of famine. Amen.