God Will Make a Way

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Are you as amazed as I am at the way God works? Do you enjoy just sitting back sometimes and watching how God works? The way He blesses our lives, they way He touches people in special and life-changing situations, or the way He takes difficult and painful times and turns them into something beautiful?

As I have been studying the book of Ruth, I have found recordings of how God took some very painful and difficult pieces of Bethlehem history and redeemed it all in a most beautiful and life-changing manner.

Look at this....

~ Bethlehem is originally called Ephrath (Genesis 35:16) which mean "house of bread".

~ It was then also referred to as Beth-lehem Ephratah (Micah 5:2) and Beth-lehem-judah (1 Samuel 17:12). It was later referred to as "the city of David" (Luke 2:4).

~ The first major event recorded in Bethlehem is the burial of Rachel after she died while giving birth to Benjamin (Genesis 48:7)

~ We next hear of Bethlehem in a particularly ugly gang rape at the end of the book of Judges.

~ Following that a man named Elimilech leaves Bethlehem because of famine.


See the history here in Bethlehem of sadness, loss and sin? Now, follow this....


~ A childless girl from Moab goes to Bethlehem, along with her mother-in-law, in search of physical and spiritual sustenance. This girl is Ruth.

~ Ruth is the great-grandmother of David.

~ David becomes Israel's king and their family lineage flows straight down to the birth, in Bethlehem, of Jesus.

Regardless of our circumstances we can always be assured that "God will make a way when there seems to be no way". Oh, what promise we have in the Lord!


12 Thoughts Shared:

LAURIE said...

Made me think of that song we sing " God will make a way" - He is always right on time too! Great Word today. -Laurie

The Baker's said...

Thanks for sharing about that topic.About God making a way no matter that the circumstances are God is always in the mist of it all.

saleslady371 said...

Hi, Melanie:
I love to think of Bethlehem, the rolling hills and the amazing history there. I enjoyed your post today. It is a great focus as we reflect on the birth of our Lord in this season.
Have a good day!
Love,
Mary

saleslady371 said...

I love to think of Bethlehem with its rolling hills and deep history. In this season, especially, your post is enjoyable as we focus on our Lord's birth. Have a great day!

swallowingamoose said...

Now that is just really neat to see the facts that simply put down. Show's another fine working of the Lord in bringing us His Son. How exciting!

Laurie Ann said...

How beautiful is God's redeeming grace! I love how He changes the ugly into the beautiful. Excellent thoughts on the book of Ruth...I look so forward to your posts, Melanie! I always learn from them and am inspired!

Amy said...

Thanks for this. I'm currently waiting for God to make a way and let me tell you, it doesn't seem like a way is possible. I know that's where God works best. Thanks for that reminder.

Tracy said...

What a beautiful thing to trace. Thank you for sharing these sweet blessings. It is certainly true...God often makes a way where you would never dream it possible.

Blessings,
Tracy

Tricia said...

I just love how the mysteries in the Bible unfold before our eyes as we dig in and study the Word of God! What an amazing truth you have discovered... I am so thankful that God makes a way when we think there is no absolute way... Praising Him!!

Blessings!

bp said...

That's an interesting thing to follow in the Bible. Praise God for his faithfulness to us.

Angie said...

Mercy Melanie---I had not lined all those up before! WOW! What an AWESOME GOD WE SERVE!
The way He unfolds details of our lives amazes me as well:)

You blessed us bigtime with this!

Tiffany Stuart said...

Thank you for your comment on my billboard post at Laced with Grace.

:) I'm playing catch up after 8 days away from home..