Dear People

These articles are written as a source of spiritual encouragement by lead Pastor Byron Wicker.

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The Path of Life

Accolades or material wealth do not bring us true fulfillment and success. Instead, it is the depth of our connection with our heavenly Father.
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11


Dear People Who Keep Company with God,

King David, with great boldness, declared that God would reveal to him - and prophetically to us - the path of life, a promise fulfilled in Jesus Christ. As a twelve-year-old, Jesus showed us the path that shaped His life. He said, "Did you not see and know that it is necessary [as a duty] for Me to be in My Father's house and [occupied] about My Father's business?" (Luke 2:49 AMPC). Jesus invites us to join Him on the same path.

Having walked this path, albeit with imperfections, for a considerable time, I can confidently attest that it is the most enriching way to live. It is not always a smooth ride or about self- fulfillment, but it is a path that leaves us with fewer regrets and more joy. Essentially, a life devoted to nurturing relationships and selfless service ushers us into His Presence and fills our hearts with a profound sense of fulfillment and joy.

The Greek translation of Jesus'; words reads, “I must be in, or among, the things that belong to my Father.“ The phrase "the things of my Father" emphasizes that He serves in the Kingdom of God and highlights that He was in a close-knit family. As the Apostle Paul later explained, the grand design was for us to be citizens of God's Kingdom and cherished as members of His family (Ephesians 2:19-22).

One of the most precious gifts from our Heavenly Father is the beautiful experience of being warmly welcomed into His family (Ephesians 1:5). In the same way that adoptive parents choose and embrace a child, we too are personally selected by our Father and joyously brought into His close-knit family circle. This divine adoption comes with incredible privileges and rights, making us true heirs of God and sharing in the inheritance with Christ (Romans 8:16-17).

Through our faith in Christ, we become part of God's family, His cherished sons and daughters, enjoying the rich blessings and glory that come with our spiritual birthright (1 Corinthians 2:9).

At the heart of our spiritual journey is establishing a deep connection with the Father and recognizing our identity as His beloved children. We are not just called to be passive observers but to play an active and significant role in His Kingdom’s mission. Following the example of Jesus, who entered this world as a beloved Son and a humble servant, we bear witness to God's love for all humanity (John 13:13-17). This service is not a heavy burden but a joy and fulfillment that brings us closer to understanding the heart of the Father and His mission. It is a privilege we are blessed to partake in. Your role in God's mission is not just important; it is crucial and significant, an integral part of His divine plan.

Accolades or material wealth do not bring us true fulfillment and success. Instead, it is the depth of our connection with our heavenly Father and our steadfast commitment to serve those He brings into our lives. The path of life leads to a walk-in sync with God’s family and Kingdom mission, placing us in a grand design that holds far greater significance than any self- centered, worldly existence could ever offer. In this relationship and service, we unearth true fulfillment and success, a success that surpasses the boundaries of this world and reverberates in eternity.

 Many Blessings, BW

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A Strong Start Doesn’t Guarantee Success

God invites us to live lives of purpose and impact. Yet, kingdom significance isn’t about making a career out of it; it’s about aligning with God’s heart and becoming a servant to His causes and people.
He [Uzziah] continued to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding through the vision of God; and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him successful. 2 Chronicles 26:5

Dear People Who Keep Company with God,

As I embarked on my journey in pastoral ministry, I was moved by the story of King Uzziah and the profound impact of his reign on Judah’s history. His accomplishments in the military, infrastructure, and spiritual reforms stood out to me, shaping Israel’s path during his time. I felt a calling from the Lord to walk a path of significance in His kingdom.

However, my initial understanding of kingdom significance was limited and idealistic. I believed then, as I still do now, that God invites us to live lives of purpose and impact. Yet, I’ve realized that kingdom significance isn’t about making a career out of it; it’s about aligning with God’s heart and becoming a servant to His causes and people (Matthew 20:25-28). Despite his many accomplishments, Uzziah’s downfall came when he lost sight of God’s heart for serving His people.

In his early days, Uzziah passionately loved God. The phrase “As long as he sought the Lord” is a testimony to his unwavering dedication and a source of motivation for us all. It’s a reminder that our circumstances should never deter us from answering God’s call. The term sought paints a picture of forging a path, symbolizing overcoming obstacles and challenges. Life presents many hurdles that can make God’s opportunities seem unreachable. We can either give in to the urge to retreat or lean on the Holy Spirit’s guidance, moving forward with faith to carve a way for ourselves and inspire others along the journey.

In our spiritual journey, we are not meant to walk alone. Just as God blessed Uzziah with the wise prophet Zechariah, who taught him to fear the Lord, we too can expect to have prophetic and wise mentors, teachers, and supportive friends. These individuals, who genuinely believe in us and the mission we’ve been entrusted with, are a blessing and testimony to the value of community and the strength we can draw from those around us.

Uzziah’s story is a reminder that a strong and blessed start doesn’t always guarantee a powerful finish. Despite starting his life beautifully in grace (2 Chronicles 26:16-21), he let arrogance take over. His entitlement-driven anger led him to overstep his authority, particularly in worship. Uzziah insisted on doing things his way, defending his actions, and asserting his rights. This tragic turn of events warns of the dangers of pride and the importance of humility in our relationship with God.

Unfortunately, Uzziah developed leprosy on his forehead in his anger (2 Chronicles 26:19). In the Bible, leprosy is often used as a symbol for sin, representing how it can impair and numb the sensitivity of its victims. After this incident, King Uzziah lived the rest of his life in seclusion, unable to lead his nation or participate in the spiritual life of Israel. It’s a sad ending for a man once abundantly blessed and significantly used by God.

Uzziah’s story powerfully reminds us of the Holy Spirit’s desire to fill our lives with a deep love for God’s beauty and purposes, surrounding us with a supportive and caring community along life’s journey. Yet, it also cautions us against the dangers of pride, entitlement, and sin creeping into our hearts, causing us to lose sight of the servant heart of the Lord.

Many Blessings, BW

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A Redemption Story

Regardless of how the world may judge us, we are and have always been cherished and valued in the eyes of our heavenly Father.
“At this time, Moses was born, and he was beautiful to God. He was nurtured for three months in his father’s home. Acts 7:20


Dear People Who Keep Company with God,

The books of Exodus to Deuteronomy tell the story of Moses’ incredible life. As you explore these scriptures, you'll discover that beyond his remarkable leadership, many miracles are associated with him. They reveal how tumultuous his birth and life circumstances were, background details that are easy to overlook but integral to his redemptive story.

Moses was born during a time of genocide, where countless Hebrew baby boys were being drowned. In a desperate bid for his survival, his mother placed him in a basket among the reeds along the Nile River, hoping that someone would discover and care for him (Exodus 2:1-3).

Remarkably, Moses was found by members of the household of the ruler who demanded and sanctioned the slaughter of his people. He grew up in the palace of Pharaoh. This place was a continual reminder of the children whose lives were mercilessly cut off and God's seeming silence in the face of suffering and horrific injustice (Exodus 2:10).

Undoubtedly, Moses carried the weight of his people's anguish, wrestling within himself about his identity and purpose. In a moment of anger at the injustices, he struck and killed an Egyptian who had been abusing one of his Hebrew brothers and hid the man’s body in the sand (Exodus 2:11-12). Yet, even in this dark hour, he had hope, believing that his activism for justice would reveal God's hand at work (Exodus 2:13-14).

His intentions were noble - to protect his people and uphold justice. But like many of us in our search for meaning and purpose and doing what we believe is right, Moses took matters into his own hands, veering away from God's heart and ways. As a result, he had to run for his life, leaving behind everyone and everything he knew.

He dwelt in the desert for forty years, embracing unfamiliar customs and seemingly losing touch with any semblance of identity and purpose. Yet a life-altering meeting with God at a burning bush and his acceptance of God's plan sparked a profound journey of self-discovery and a deeper understanding of God and His ways.

As time passed, Moses grew to be known as "a friend of God." The Bible describes how the Lord would speak to him face to face as if talking with a close friend (Exodus 33:11). Throughout it all, God's guiding hand was ever-present in Moses' life. Moses was always considered "beautiful to God." 

Much like Moses, we have encountered brokenness, sorrow, and rejection. We navigate a world that's becoming more hostile to our faith, wrestling with challenges such as fractured families, business setbacks, mistakes, and erroneous beliefs in our relationship with God and service to Him. Regardless of how the world may judge us as successful or failures, accepted or rejected, we are and have always been cherished and valued in the eyes of our heavenly Father.

Surrendering to Christ empowers us to heal from our past wounds and heartaches. It opens the door to a meaningful and passionate relationship with God. Knowing that our heavenly Father cherishes you and desires your companionship (John 15:15), regardless of your history or present situation, can profoundly enrich and change the trajectory of your life.

Many Blessings, BW

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The Paradox of the Cross

The paradox of the cross reveals that true strength is found in embracing Christ in our weakness, and victory is attained through surrender.
For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you. 2 Corinthians 3:14

Dear People Who Keep Company with God,

At the heart of our faith lies a profound paradox embodied in the person of Jesus Christ, vividly portrayed in Philippians 2:6-8, “He existed in the form of God, yet he gave no thought to seizing equality with God as his supreme prize. Instead he emptied himself of his outward glory by reducing himself to the form of a lowly servant. He became human! He humbled himself and became vulnerable, choosing to be revealed as a man and was obedient. He was a perfect example, even in his death—a criminal’s death by crucifixion!"  He emptied Himself, that is, refused the use of His divine attributes, that He might show us the meaning of absolute dependence on the Father.

Christ on the cross, crucified in weakness, emphasizes his apparent vulnerability. However, as we explore further, we discover a more profound truth that transcends appearances. In Revelation 5:5-6, John is urged to behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the triumphant conqueror, yet he sees “a Lamb standing as if slaughtered.” Here, in the throne room of Heaven, the paradox becomes apparent—the Lion and the Lamb are one, embodying both triumph and weakness.

The Apostle Paul in Colossians 2:13-15 unveils another facet of this paradox. Christ, though crucified, is portrayed as actively engaging in a cosmic battle. “Jesus made a public spectacle of all the powers and principalities of darkness, stripping away from them every weapon and all their spiritual authority and power to accuse us. And by the power of the cross, Jesus led them around as prisoners in a procession of triumph. He was not their prisoner; they were his!” Beyond passivity and victimhood, He is unveiled as a wise, powerful, and triumphant warrior, drawing the enemy into His snare; He defeated the forces of darkness by nailing them to the cross. The beauty is that our Lord’s victory is ours to share. By faith, we can apprehend and establish these blessings in our lives (Galatians 2:20).

This New Testament perspective challenges the typical portrayal of Christ as a weak, suffering servant. Instead, it reminds us of Christ’s words in John 10:18, “I surrender My own life, and no one has the power to take My life from Me. I have the authority to lay it down and the power to take it back again. This is the destiny Father has set before Me.”  Even in apparent weakness, Jesus Christ holds ultimate power.

While acknowledging weakness, we must not lose sight of the victory inherent in the cross. As Paul expresses in Philippians 4:12, “I know how to get along with little, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.” We will experience seasons of both need and prosperity, weakness, and victory. Following Jesus Christ means embracing both aspects of this paradox—the humility of Christ’s suffering and the triumph of His resurrection.

The paradox of the cross reveals that true strength is found in embracing Christ in our weakness, and victory is attained through surrender (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). As we journey through life’s trials and triumphs, may we hold fast to the paradoxical truth of the cross—the ultimate symbol of God’s power and love.

Many Blessings, BW

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My Soul Thirsts for You

There were times when David found himself in difficult circumstances, thirsty and weary. As you embrace David’s example in Psalm 63, rest assured that you’ll receive the reward of the inheritance the Lord has for you.
O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1

Dear People Who Keep Company with God,

In Psalm 63, David celebrates the joy he discovered through his fellowship with God while in the wilderness of Judah. His words present a challenging truth: even in the Promised Land, we all encounter wilderness moments. Life’s journey mirrors Judah’s diverse landscapes—filled with seasons of blessings, divine favor, and challenging trials. Psalm 63 provides precious insights for navigating the ebbs and flows of our lives as believers. David’s words encourage us to consider our present circumstances, reflect on our past, and anticipate the yet-to-be-written chapters of our future.

David found himself in difficult circumstances, thirsty and weary. Despite the challenging conditions, he clung to the assurance that God remained his unwavering source of strength. Charles Spurgeon beautifully captures this in his commentary on Psalm 63, emphasizing how David didn’t stop singing or lazily repeat Psalms meant for other occasions in the wilderness. Instead, he crafted worship that fit his circumstances, offering a genuine wilderness hymn to his God. If you’re seeking a meaningful life, remember that the present is where it unfolds. Discovering God in the present, regardless of circumstances, is vital to embracing God’s beauty for you now.

David also reminisces, fondly recalling, “I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory” (Psalm 63:2). In a spectacular and unforgettable moment, David experiences the beauty of the Lord and His mighty presence within the sanctuary. When facing the challenges of the wilderness, it’s helpful to revisit moments when you felt the Lord’s tangible closeness, where your worship and faith were vibrant. Those were undoubtedly real and impactful times, and your current circumstances don’t diminish the transformative work of the Holy Spirit during those defining moments. As you navigate your wilderness journey, let these memories fill you with strength and courage.

With unwavering faith, David shifts his focus to the future, expressing, “Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer” (Psalm 63:3-4). This forward-looking hope is a powerful reminder that we are never abandoned, even in our wilderness moments. A brighter day is on the horizon. The Lord won’t leave you in a desolate and dry land without sustaining you through the refreshing waters of His grace. Your best days are not behind you. God’s heart is to satisfy your life abundantly, no matter the circumstances. So, as you embrace David’s example in Psalm 63, rest assured that you’ll receive the reward of the inheritance the Lord has for you.

Many Blessings, BW

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Lessons from Antioch

Antioch’s defining feature was its identity as a devoted worshipping community. The church’s heart pulsated with worship, revealing our highest calling and purpose.
Now there were prophets and teachers at Antioch, in the church that was there: Barnabas, Simeon, who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the Tetrarch, and Saul. Acts 13:1

Dear People Who Keep Company with God,

The church in Antioch holds a distinguished place among early church communities mentioned in the Book of Acts. From this congregation, believers were first called Christians (Acts 11:26), and they helped the poor in Jerusalem during a famine (Acts 11:27-30). Notably, the Apostle Paul embarked from Antioch on his inaugural missionary journey, a pivotal moment in the spread of Christianity. Exploring the account of the Antioch church, we discover valuable lessons regarding God’s intentions and blueprint for His church.

Antioch emerges onto the pages of the Bible against a backdrop of political, social, and religious oppression, marking an era of substantial change and transition within the early Christian movement. The narrative in Acts shifts from the leadership of Peter, whose ministry was primarily to the Jews and centered on the church in Jerusalem, to the emerging influence of Gentile churches, such as Antioch, and the leadership of Paul, whose ministry was mainly to Gentiles.

Similarly, we find ourselves in a moment of global, political, and ideological struggles that have given rise to economic instability and cultural upheaval. Christianity confronts escalating challenges of intolerance, marginalization, and persecution. God has given us stories like that of the church at Antioch as priceless resources to help us navigate our callings and destinies with resilience and remain steadfast in the Lord despite the world’s uncertainties.

Scripture emphasizes the transformative power of believers and ministries uniting with a common purpose. Jesus commissioned the twelve Apostles and sent them out two by two (Mark 6:7). The Old Testament (Ezra 5:1-2, 6:14) and the church at Antioch particularly stress the vital roles of teachers and prophets in God’s purposes and plans. This cooperation is necessary for our personal and corporate growth and to expand the reach of the Kingdom of God.

Antioch was a vibrant congregation, drawing together individuals from various regions, cultures, and ethnicities. The contributions of five individuals significantly shaped the impact of Antioch’s ministry. Among its members were Lucius, likely a Gentile from Cyrene (modern-day Libya), and Saul, a Jew from Tarsus, previously a Pharisee. Barnabas, another prominent figure, was both a Jew and a Levite. Manaen, whose upbringing carried the influence of a ruling class, and Simeon, who was also called Niger, were part of the group as well. The term “Niger” is likely an ethnic or descriptive label, indicating that Simeon had a dark or black complexion.

Despite these differences, a unifying thread bound them together— “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). This fueled the church’s ministry, fostering spiritual prosperity and mission among its people. The recognition that God’s people and His work thrive in an environment inspired by the unity of the Holy Spirit and wither in division must be one of our guiding principles.

Antioch’s defining feature was its identity as a devoted worshipping community (Acts 13:2). The church’s heart pulsated with worship, revealing our highest calling and purpose. When we gather, prioritizing the ministry to the Lord is paramount. One practical way to achieve this is through congregational praise and worship. “But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3). The idea of God being enthroned suggests His active and tangible presence, as He graciously “sits down on” the praises of His people. In this sacred space, where God is enthroned, the Holy Spirit speaks, imparting life, wisdom, and direction.

There is no more incredible privilege than being in His presence. Neither is there a greater responsibility. God is looking for people who seek to dwell in His presence, grow in the awareness of His Person, and host His presence without using it for recognition and gain.

Many Blessings, BW

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Living in His Presence

Although the journey with God is through a fallen world, there is a path filled with meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. Joy is a natural byproduct of walking on this path.
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

Dear People Who Keep Company With God,

Psalm 16:11 holds a special place in my family’s hearts. During our early years as a couple, we were devastated by the unexpected loss of our precious baby girl, Hannah Joy. During those dark days, a dear friend gave us this verse, which resonated prophetically over our lives. The assurance that our daughter was living in His Presence became a comforting encouragement, igniting a flame of hope within our grieving hearts. This fire grew into an enduring life vision: to live in His Presence throughout our time on earth. It is a wellspring of inspiration that continues to fuel our hearts with purpose and resilience amidst the diverse seasons of life—be they marked by sorrow or joy.

In the few words of this verse, we discern the blueprint of God’s original design for our lives. We understand that God has intricately planned a unique path for each of us (Ephesians 2:10). As I have journeyed further on His path, I see clearly that Christ Himself is the very essence of this path. Without Jesus Christ, there is no true life; any path devoid of Him leads to a dead end. He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). What makes this revelation beautiful is the display of God’s creativity as each person’s journey unfolds uniquely, a testament to each of us being His unique masterpiece.

Although the journey with God is through a fallen world, there is a path filled with meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. Joy is a natural byproduct of walking on this path. It is hard to describe joy because it must be experienced. Joy is not just a fleeting emotion but a profound sense of contentment, delight, and gladness that arises from knowing someone wonderful. At its core, joy is relational, springing from the Presence of God—the ultimate source of our joy. This is why we cherish revivals and experiences of the Holy Spirit, as they make us aware of the nearness of His Presence and power. We are also designed to find joy in our relationships with people who love us and are happy to be with us. From the beginning, God never wanted us to be alone or to be without joy (Genesis 2:18).

Being at God’s right hand is not just a meaningless gesture. It carries a lot of significance. We have been seated with God in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6). It represents authority and power and even offers a divine perspective on governance. While humans often resist authority, God’s authority is distinct. He is neither an oppressor nor a dictator, ruling with utmost care and consideration. He invites us into a familial relationship, sharing His power with His children. It is the Father’s pleasure to give us His kingdom (Luke 12:32). Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, governs in a way that bestows peace. As Isaiah 55:12 expresses, “For you shall go out with joy and be led out with peace,” indicating that peace follows joy. Through His leadership, generosity, and power, we experience His profound love, joy, enduring peace, and the fullness of His blessings and inheritance in Christ (Ephesians 3:14-21).

One day, our journey on the path of life will end on earth. We will then reach our heavenly home, where we will finally be able to look upon the face of our heavenly Father and experience a joyous reunion with our beloved Hannah Joy. We will know the fullness of Psalm 16:11, a promise we hold dear. This promise is a testament to the Lord’s gracious exchange, granting us beauty in place of our ashes.

Many Blessings, BW

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The Greatest Prayer Ever

The Gospel of John tells the story of the most famous meal in the Bible – the final Passover Meal that Jesus shared with his disciples hours before his crucifixion. The Last Supper, or Holy Communion, is the only tradition that Jesus instructed His followers to continue until His return.
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word.” John 17:20

Dear People Who Keep Company with God,

Meals hold a cherished place in celebrations worldwide. They can evoke emotions and memories while fostering a sense of togetherness and connection. In chapters 13-17, the Gospel of John tells the story of the most famous meal in the Bible – the final Passover Meal that Jesus shared with his disciples hours before his crucifixion. The Lord’s Supper, also known as the Last Supper or Holy Communion, is the only tradition that Jesus instructed His followers to continue until His return (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

During the supper, Jesus shares some of His most personal thoughts, speaking in a way that resonates as fully human and full of divine revelation and authority. At the heart of Jesus’ message is the purpose of His earthly mission: to reveal the true nature of God the Father and reconcile humanity to Him. He summed it up, saying, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Jesus, the King of kings, came to serve humanity as a beloved Son and servant, revealing the Father’s love. As loved children of the Father and friends of Jesus, we are called to serve people on earth (John 13:13-17).

Jesus also cautioned us about the world’s hatred (John 15:18). He prepared His apostles for the near trials he would go through in a short time, including His arrest, torture, and death at Golgotha. In doing so, He also showed us how we all can live in the long term through His victory on the cross. He emphasized that our present-day spiritual warfare is based on His triumph, not on our efforts to achieve victory. The Apostle Paul later affirms this when he speaks of the “good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12). This means there is a bad fight of faith, which is when we strive for victory from our sense of justice or righteousness, not from the victory Christ won once and for all at the cross.

To navigate life on Earth, Jesus emphasizes the importance of establishing a meaningful relationship with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-18 & 16:7). Our relationship with the Spirit of God equips us to endure the world’s hatred, confront life’s challenges, and navigate through times of sorrow, while also experiencing the power, beauty, and wonder of our status as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven and members of God’s household.

Just before departing from the Upper Room and entering the Garden of Gethsemane, where He would be arrested, Jesus offered what many consider the most profound prayer ever uttered on earth, as recorded in John 17. He prayed for Himself, the Apostles, and all His followers throughout the ages. Jesus’ intercession for us is stunning. He prayed that we would be united with the Father and the Holy Spirit just as He is (John 17:22-23). He also prayed that we would witness and experience His glory and come to know the love of the Father (John 17:24-26).

Jesus’s final meal with His disciples before His death and His prayer over His past and future followers reveal that we can have the same mantle of love, power, and a sound mind that He embodied. Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was filled, empowered, and propelled to carry out His work. We, too, can receive the same filling, empowerment, and propulsion to continue His work. Just as the Father sent Jesus into the world, Jesus now sends us out to continue the work He completed on the cross (John 20:21).

Many Blessings, BW

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Ruth and Boaz

The Book of Ruth has been called the most beautiful short story ever written. The story highlights through four key moments the role of Lord Jesus Christ, as the ultimate Boaz figure, in unlocking our potential and fulfilling our destiny.
There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz. Ruth 2:1

Dear People Who Keep Company with God,

The Book of Ruth has been called the most beautiful short story ever written. It holds a special place in my heart because my mother’s name was Ruth. Whenever I see fields being harvested in autumn, it reminds me of this story, and I revisit it. Recently, I have been reflecting on the significance of Boaz in the narrative. Boaz is a powerful type of Christ, providing valuable insights into His plan for our lives. The story highlights through four key moments the role of Lord Jesus Christ, as the ultimate Boaz figure, in unlocking our potential and fulfilling our destiny.

Ruth and Boaz meet for the first time in a harvest field (Ruth 2:1-23). This field represents where we first encounter Jesus and His saving grace. Here, we are invited to find refuge in His abundant fields, where our needs are met. Like a diligent farmer, the Lord nourishes our hearts and satisfies our spiritual thirst. This is where we find comfort and divine protection. Some of us only visit the harvest field occasionally, seeking to fulfill our needs but settling for less than our full potential. God desires more than just a place in our lives; He longs to be our true home, where we find complete fulfillment.

The next meeting of Ruth and Boaz takes place at the threshing floor (Ruth 3:1-12), where grain is separated from the chaff, symbolizing Christ’s refining work in our lives. In this intense space, we learn that what we desire most – love, peace, joy, and blessings – may be hidden. God’s presence may feel different here, even unfamiliar. We face a difficult decision about our spiritual journey during the darkest hours on the threshing floor. Do we press on to reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called us to fulfill and wants us to discover (Philippians 3:12) or retreat to the familiar field, where our immediate needs are met, but we will never find proper rest and lasting blessings?

On the threshing floor at midnight, Ruth decides to pursue a deeper relationship with Boaz. But there is a significant obstacle in her way, as someone else has a legitimate claim on Ruth. This requires a resolution at the city gates, which serve as the city’s governance center. Boaz meets with the elders and the man with a claim on Ruth (Ruth 4:1-10). What occurs at the city gates mirrors what God wants to achieve in our lives. He wants to challenge the claims we, others, and our past have over ourselves. Like the man with the claim in Ruth’s story, we can’t provide the fulfillment we seek. But God invites us to surrender our self-sovereignty and allow Him to guide our steps toward a more prosperous and purposeful life.

Finally, Boaz takes Ruth into his home, and she becomes his wife (Ruth 4:13). They are blessed with a son who becomes King David’s grandfather (Ruth 4:21-22), with whom Jesus is a direct descendant. Today, the church is still on her journey towards her destiny, the beautiful bride of Revelations 19:7-8. As the Scottish revivalist George McDonald said, “This is and has been the Father’s work from the beginning – to bring us into the home of His heart. This is our destiny.” The Scriptures are woven together to lead us to this most significant destination. Much like Boaz’s earnest pursuit of Ruth, the central theme of the Bible revolves around Christ’s relentless pursuit of us. This divine pursuit culminates when we encounter the fullness of God’s presence, power, and purpose. This is God’s plan for each of us.

Many Blessings, BW