the thing this day." — Rth_3:18.
Jesus is our near Kinsman by His assumption of our nature. He is the nearest and dearest Friend of our race, who stooped to die for our redemption. And the fact that He carried our nature in Himself to heaven, and wears it there, is an indissoluble bond between us. Sit still! do not fret! He will never fail, as He will certainly never forsake!
Let us seek the quiet heart in our prayers. Prayer must arise within us as a fountain from unknown depths. But we must leave it to God to answer in His own wisest way. We are so impatient, and think that God does not answer. A child asked God for fine weather on her birthday, and it rained! Some one said, "God didn't answer your prayer." "Oh yes," she replied, "He did, God always answers, but He said No!" God always answers! He never fails! Be still! If we abide in Him, and He abides in us, we ask what we will, and it is done. As a sound may dislodge an avalanche, so the prayer of faith sets in motion the power of God.
In times of difficulty—be still! Thine enemies are plotting thine overthrow! They laugh at thy strong confidence! But hast thou not heard His voice saying: "This is the way, walk ye in it"? Then leave Him to deal with thy foes from whatever quarter they come. He is thy Rock, and rocks do not shake. He is thy High Tower, and a high tower cannot be flooded. Thou needest mercy, and to Him belongeth mercy. Do not run hither and thither in panic! Just quietly wait, hushing thy soul, as He did the fears of His friends on the eve of Gethsemane and Calvary. "Rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him." "Be still, for He will not rest, until He hath finished the thing this day."
(Our Daily Walk)
Note: As I read this devotional the Holy Spirit directed me to add a prophetic message He gave me to speak at my church at the time-because it speaks of God's mind for His people today, and His great love, and protection for those who belong to Him. This message was spoken to the congregation on March 4, 2001, with the both pastor's permission:
And The Body of Christ in the World
Come and lay at my feet, let me cover you with my garment. Rest with me, you are precious to me. Every drop of my blood that fell to the ground, cried I love you, I forgive you, you are mine. Let me hold you close to myself,
I AM your kinsman Redeemer, let me protect you, cover you, provide for you. For consider this: Am I not greater than Boaz?"
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob
is our refuge. Selah. Psa 46:10-11
Alone among great cities, Jerusalem lacked a river; but God was willing to become all that a river could be and more. Your deficiencies give more room for God’s all-sufficiency. Mark the beautiful alternative translation of Psa_46:5, R.V., margin, “at the dawn of morning.” Your sorrow is limited to a single night. See also Isa_37:36; Mat_14:25. Be still, O troubled heart! The God of the nations is your Father! Desolations are the snapping off of the dead branches to prepare for the spring. F.B. Meyer
Personal note: The prophetic message added to this devotion was in no way a message of my being personally involved with, or intending to be in a relation with any man outside of marriage. I've been shown some have misconstrued this and gotten this impression-I am a widow of almost 20 years, and never intend to remarry, and am in no relationship with anyone. This was posted to give a word of comfort, encouragement and give the reader God's mind and His great heart for those who belong to Him, and are believer's in Christ. Question: do you have that relationship with Jesus Christ? Are you born again, and are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? If not, do not put it off-today is the day of salvation, we are not promised tomorrow. Then, when you would go back and read this prophetic message-put it into your own personal context; as God is speaking to you.
For a deeper understanding of the verse Ruth 3:18, also go to these verses, for further insight, and may the Lord touch your heart, and open your eyes, if you do take the time to do this study:
See- Psa_37:3-5; Isa_28:16, Isa_30:7, and Isaiah ch. 54 read the entire chapter