God’s Plan is to Bring you from Sorrow

Ruth 4:14-15

 

Central Theme:  God wants us to put our hope in Him.

 

Introduction–My mind and heart are full of good things that have happened in my life.  But there are some things which have happened that were not so good.  My daughter, Leah almost died when she was 13 months old.  Frank’s dad and my father died about in the same year.  But when I look at my life, the good has definitely out weighed the bad things which have happened.  Not so in Naomi’s and Ruth’s lives

 

       I.     Have a member read Ruth 4:14-15. 

              A. You remember the story.  Sick and Pining, Naomi’s sons and Naomi’s husband died. Pining was married to Ruth.  Now Naomi and Ruth were living in a Israel and they were alone.

              B. But God did not leave these two women in this terrible state.

 

      II.     These women did several things which showed that they trusted God and He honored them.

              1.  They came back to the place where God was.  They moved from Moab back to Bethlehem.

              2.  They worked hard (in the fields) to make things better for themselves.

                   A. They were willing to let other people change their lives.  (Ruth went to work in the fields of Naomi’s cousin.  He was a good friend who helped them and even fell in love with Ruth and married her.)

                   B. They took charge of their own lives.

              3.  They trusted God to help them each step of the way.

 

     III.     Sorrow does bad things to us when we hang on to it. 

              A. Sorrow brings confusion. 

              B. Sorrow makes you mean and self centered.

              C. Sorrow makes you think only of yourself.

 

     IV.     We need to be like Naomi and Ruth

              1.  Find out where God is.  Where can you find God working in your life.

              2.  Try to make things better for yourself.

              3.  Let other people help you.  People you can trust.

              4.  Trust God to help you each step of the way.

 

Conclusion–God’s plan for you is to always come out of sorrow.  You do not need to be confused because God wants to help you.