Ruth travels to Detroit Michigan to the USA Gymnastics National Tournament. The event is made up of numerous teams competing for Gold. Team chemistry is very important as is all about the relationship which can be very difficult. We as parents know that all to well. The Biblical account of Ruth and Naomi provides a wonderful example of how we should be prepared to stand in the gap for people that we love. Ruth was drawn into the gap by God through His revelation of himself through her mother in-law Naomi.
“But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. – Ruth 1:16
Additionally, Boaz was drawn into the gap by God as well with His revelation through a Moabite girl named Ruth.
“Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before.” - Ruth 2:11
Standing in the gap takes courage because it often takes you out of your comfort zone. But then again that is what a meaningful relationship is all about. Ruth left her home and everything familiar to her to stand in the gap for Naomi. Boaz stood in the gap for a woman (Ruth) that was from Moab a country fiercely despised by Israel. Ruth and Boaz stood in the gap before the Lord.
So tomorrow when mom is tired, stand in the gap for her before the Lord and get her dinner or clean her dishes. When brother or sister has a long day, stand in the gap before the Lord with encouragement or let them pick what will be watched on movie night. When your friend is being embarrassed or bullied, stand in the gap before the Lord with courage, love and plenty of grace.
To have friends, you must first be a friend.