“And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest” Ruth 3:11
Suggested Scripture reading, the book of Ruth
He was a good boy. He was quiet and rarely caused his parents any trouble. A friend invited him one day to come to church and for several years he went to Sunday school and church faithfully. His Sunday school teachers explained the Gospel clearly and he was coming to understand that even good boys needed to be saved. After church that day a godly Sunday school teacher asked him, “Wouldn’t you like to ask the Lord Jesus to save you today?” He said, “Yes,” and off to the pastor’s study he went where, at the direction of the pastor, he prayed the sinner’s prayer and was saved. He thought. He really was born again at that time but for years he worried about it. After all he was very young. Did he really understand what it meant to be saved? Then if he did something wrong, the first thought in his mind was, “Well, if I really was saved I never would have done anything like that!” That thought was a lie from the Devil but it was sufficient to confuse this good boy. For years he struggled with having the assurance of his salvation. He lived in fear that he was lost, that the Lord Jesus had not really saved him.
In the book of Ruth we have the beautiful story of the redemption by the kinsman redeemer. Ruth, a stranger in Israel, approached Boaz, who was the kinsman of Naomi, her mother-in-law, and asked to be received into his family. While he was asleep she lay at his feet and when he woke up she asked to be “covered by his skirt.” In that culture that was an act requesting admittance to into his family. Boaz responded, “Fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest:” (Ruth 3:11) Boaz is an Old Testament type of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. In response to her request, Boaz received Ruth into his family. This is just what Jesus does for us when we ask to be brought into His family. He brings us into the Family of God. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
As a young man the Lord gave this boy the assurance of his salvation from the Word of God, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9) “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” (John 1:12) Satan wants to make us all doubt our salvation. This causes us to live in fear. If you have struggled with doubts about your salvation you may find your assurance in the character of God and his Word the Bible. He does not lie and His Word is sure. You may rest assured that when we come to the Lord Jesus, our kinsman redeemer, His answer will always be,
“fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest:”
“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
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