“Living in Faith: The Book of Habakkuk Chapter Two”. By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

“And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.” ‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭2:2-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬In the last chapter we were introduced to the prophet, Habakkuk, and his great deal of trouble with the evilness caused by sin. He was deeply saddened not only for the lost souls, but for God being distant and not doing anything about it. The Lord spoke to Habakkuk and prompted Him to show the acts of God that would help stop the Babylonians in their dead tracks. Sounds great, right? Here’s the catch though. God put Habakkuk through another faith test: waiting patiently. 

I don’t know about you, but there are times where I just want things right now at the very second I want it! There are some prayers that God answers immediately, but once we grow in our faith, the prayers begin to slow down some. Can you relate? It is difficult to wait for our requests to be answered by God in desperate circumstances. But, the more we worry and rush the process, we miss out on maturing our faith. What lesson would we learn if God granted our requests the exact time we ask and exactly how we want Him to? I am sure we all prayed selfish prayers for our own benefit, but when do we actually stop to listen to God telling us what His best intentions are for us. 

Chapter Two is this concept: evil doers seek selfish pleasures and create deception. The righteous live by their faith and trust in God. We must teach ourselves to trust God is directing us for His purposes, which are always good. When we seek His face and yearn to be like Him, he leads us to a path of peace and contentment. We must be carful not to fall into the pleasures of the world. Habakkuk writes about how the Babylonians create their own idols, getting drunk day and night, sexual immorality. These things may seem fun, but how little temptation can cause massive destruction! We are called to be in the ways of God. To love accordin to His ways, not ours!! His plan is far greater, successful, and leads to eternal life! “But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the Earth be silent before Him.” Habakkuk 2:20 NLT 

Your may feel that prayer you have prayed 1,000 times is just floating around, lost and confused as your spirit may be. Don’t give up, beautiful friend! God works best in those who wait for Him! Trust and seek Him! Learn His word, worship His name, pray as many times! God will be there for you and WILL NOT DELAY! 

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” ‭Romans‬ ‭1:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” Galatians‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Living in Faith: The Book of Habakkuk Chapter One.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

“O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?” ‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬
I feel God has led me into a different wilderness lately. I know He is with me, but yet He isn’t. Confusing? Basically, I am feeling conflicted. He has been answering my prayers for over the past year tremendously, but lately I’ve been dealing with silence. And Melodie hates silence. Have you been there, friend? Through this time of silence, it’s really important that we stay plugged into God’s word. I have chosen to study with you the book of Habakkuk, because this man is one great example of living by faith, not sight. 

Habakkuk was a man who lived in a Judah, a place ridden with evilness and sin. He became a prophet in 612 B.C, where God led Him to minister to the Babylonians, the ones drowned in there own sinful pleasures. Habakkuk was deeply saddened by what he saw. Chapter One shows how he often question God with great anguish. How could a loving God let evilness that Habakkuk saw keep happening? Didn’t he care? Wasn’t Habakkuk’s prayers being answered? Even though he doubted God and was greatly troubled by his pain, He still approached God only about his sorry.   That is so important, friend. It is so easy now a days to post a sappy status or send rant texts to our friends. But, to approach God and profess bodly about your requests? That is faith right there. 

By Habakkuk approaching God and believing in His works, God responded to him by rewarding him with acts that will help the sinful circumstances he had to face in Judah: “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.” ‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬ The three “acts” that Habakkuk was granted from God to show the people of Judah were their own independent and prosperous kingdom would become a vassal nation, Egypt’s evil power would be crushed overnight, and the Babylonians would rise to power. 

Imagine if God were to answer your deepest prayer right now. Imagine your pain and problems completely vanishing. That would be great, right? Sometimes God speeds right along in our requests, other times it’s a much slower process. I believe God does that so we can always put our trust in Him. When we are faced with trials, it is easy to feel God has abandon us. That’s a messy trap to fall into. If we believe that lie, we can create a void between us and God. We need to trust that God has a plan for us all, including evildoers. The key fact here is to remain humble before God, and we will see His plan through. 

“It is Time to Rest.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Can I ask one simple question: are you tired? I am sure tiredness is most common with anyone who is up at early hours with a new born whaling in the next room or pouring your third cup of coffee while trying to get your pitch ready for your new boss. But today I want to ask if you’re soul is tired? From day to day tasks, it’s so easy for all of us to get caught up in our own emotions and to set our eyes off of Jesus. We can wrap our minds completely around what deadlines to get done, and that makes focus on only ourselves, which is a dangerous trap. Today I will break down three things that may be making us weary today. 
The Burden of Sin: The biggest thing of course that causes weariness is sin. Sin itself is luring and addictive. It starts of easy. You get caught up in infatuation, and your heart is linked. You start to see the damaging it’s slowly causing and you’re looking with one eye at the door, and the other on whatever sin is consuming. Your heart starts to ache, and you slowly start to fall into a pit of despair. You do not need to let sin control you forever! Lay your body at Jesus’s feet, and lay out every bit of whatever sin is eating at your soul. 

The Burden of Opression and Persecution: As believers in Christ, our job is to follow the Great Commisson. Which is to go out and make disciples. Though it is so thrilling and wonderful to talk to people about Christ, it’s also challenging. We all will face persecution and rejection from those who don’t know Christ. There will be those who will ridicule and mock us for what we stand for, but Jesus said Himself to take joy in that: “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:11‬ ‭NLT Whenever you feel weary in battling the enemy, Jesus is right there with you, providing His strength and wisdom to speak the right words and how to react lovingly to those who hurt us.

The Burden of Searching for God: Now, reading that may have put a puzzled look on your face. I am not implying at all that seeking God is a burden. But we have have that one point in our walk that feels like we’re wondering in the desert. Where we are thirsting after the answers we need just to get through to the next day. It’s in those moments of fighting and being frantic, God wants us to be still. God works the best when we simply stay put and trust in Him. When we fight for peace, we cause a war within our hearts. When we are quiet for peace, we find reassurance in our hearts. “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her.” ‭Hosea‬ ‭2:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

If you feel a tug in your chest, maybe God is calling you to rest. It’s okay to lay your head on His lap and just relax in His presence. It’s okay if everything around is not coming together all the way yet. God has a place for all of us in His kingdom, He will lead you to the next place to work, but right now it’s time to rejuvenate and replenish your soul in Him. It is time to rest. ❤

“Living as A Modern Day Ruth: Day Four”. By: Meldie Rose Jordan. 

Well everyone, we are the last and final chapter of the book of Ruth, and might I say what an incredible story this was! We learned about a woman who had lost her husband, traveled to a foreign land, and had to work long days just to provide for her and her mother in law. Ruth could have turned to many different routes and would have missed out on so many blessings. But, she chose to trust God and followed through on a path unknown. And from that  Act of obedience she eventually found a kind, noble, and loving man of God. Remember how I told you this book has a happy ending? Well let’s dive in! 

Ruth Chapter four starts out with Boaz discussing with the family redeemer of Naomi and ten witness of the his town. When Boaz approached him, he told him about how Naomi was selling the land that belonged to her former husband, Elimelech. Boaz explained to the family redeemer that if he was to choose to inherit this land, he also had to take Ruth’s hand in marriage. The man insisted that Boaz should take his place and inherit the land, since the man thought it would interfere with managing his already ownes land. So, Boaz agreed, and as an Israel custom in “authorizing transactions”, Boaz removed his sandal and proclaimed in front of the previous family redeemer and the ten leaders of the town that he would inherit the land of Elimelech and take Ruth’s hand in marriage. God immediately went to work and after Ruth and Boaz wed, they slept together and they had a son, Obed. Naomi was filled with joy because after losing two of her sons, she had gained a new one (Boaz being a close relative to Naomi, it was all part of God’s plan). 

The town’s women were so pleased to see Naomi filled with life again. “The neighbor women said, “Now at last Naomi has a son again!” And they named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David.” Ruth‬ ‭4:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬ 

Now this next part explains the blood line of how Boaz is connected to Jesus Christ: “This is the genealogical record of their ancestor Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron. Hezron was the father of Ram. Ram was the father of Amminadab. Amminadab was the father of Nahshon. Nahshon was the father of Salmon. Salmon was the father of Boaz. Boaz was the father of Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David.” Ruth‬ ‭4:18-22‬ ‭

It is all connected. Through Ruth’s act of obedience, she continued to carry the bloodline of Christ. We would have never read these miraculous stories of King David if Ruth and Boaz didn’t commit their lives to God’s will. This book demonstrates the act of God’s promises and how He can create something beautiful in a ugly mess. Things won’t always go to plan, but when we choose to trust and believe in His word, the pain we feel will only be temporary. We can seek out His face and know any trial we face, whether it’s waiting in singleness, dealing with heart break, or handling marriage difficulties, there is nothing God won’t handle and we don’t need to be afraid to let go, be still, and to trust His works. 

“Living as A Modern Day Ruth: Day Three.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

If you have been following along in this study, then you probably are anxiously waiting at the edge of your seat, bible at upright position as to what will lie next for Boaz and Ruth. I got some good news for you my dear friend, there are wonderful things in store for these two noble people! 

Ruth Chapter three begins with Naomi advising Ruth to find a permanent home, or in our terms, a new husband. Naomi has noticed how kind Boaz has been to Ruth for letting her work in his field along with other workers. Naomi tells Ruth to take a bath, wear expensive perfume, and nice clothing. Now, don’t overlook at her strange commands. Naomi is not instructing Ruth to commit an impure act, but to show Boaz that he can become her “family redeemer”. (Boaz could find someone to marry Ruth, or he could marry her himself). It may seem like apathetic business, but it leads to so much more. Later that evening, Ruth approaches Boaz’s bed, and uncovers his feet. (This showed respect to a master, Ruth being one of his workers in the field he owned, also an Israel custom). Around midnight, Boaz awoke in a fright to see a woman at his feet! “Who are you?” He demanded. “I am your servant Ruth,” she replied. “Spread the corner of your covering over me, for you are my family redeemer.” The Lord bless you, my daughter!” Boaz exclaimed. “You are showing more family loyalty now than ever by not running after a younger man, whether rich or poor. Ruth 3:8-10

Wow! What a reaction! I am blown away how they both honor each other and show such kindness. Later in this chapter, Boaz tells Ruth that he will spread word around the town of Judah of what an honorable woman Ruth was. He also stated that if he could not find anyone who would be willingly to marry her, he would marry her himself. (Awe!) Ruth laid at his feet until dawn, and before she returned back to Naomi, he gave her six scoops of barley, for he didn’t want Ruth to return empty handed. Ruth then awaited patiently with her mother-in-law for Boaz’s desicion. 

What a beautiful chapter, right?! So, how can we apply this to our own lives. 

Before seeking out a man, seek spiritual council: We all have someone(s) in our lives that we tell everything to. Someone we can be completely open and vulnerable. It’s so important to discuss with a trustworthy, God led individual about a dating situation. They will help you in prayer, in guidance, or just emotional support (I have to recommend my dear friend Jinny! Thanks for being my “butterfly friend” 🦋❤)

If you have found someone, are they honoring you: did you notice how Boaz reacted when he saw Ruth laying at his feet? He didn’t get angry with her. He didn’t make a scene with other men and outcast her, since she was a foreigner. He addressed her in such a Godly way. He even went far as to tell his whole towns people just how much of an honorable woman she was. Make sure you have a signifanct other in your life who only brings your reputation up and makes sure you are spoken positively. 

If you’re still single and waiting, God has forgotten you: I am sure Ruth was so anxious and anticipating the decision that Boaz had to make. I’m sure she was having dozen of thoughts. Naomi gave her such encouraging advice, as it helped me: “Just be patient, my daughter, until we hear what happens. The man won’t rest until he has followed through on this.” Ruth: 3:18

God has someone out there for us. All we can do is be obedient to His word, surround ourselves with Godly influences, and trust in Him. ❤

“Living as A Modern Day Ruth: Day Two.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

One main personal question I had to face when I left my last relationship was, “what now?” I had left one life I was comfortable with to one that felt like it was on an unlit path. I remember the feelings I first felt when I became single: scared, unsure, and doubtful. I was personally so far from God. I kind of began to resent Him for letting me go through so much grief. That was when I realized; the life I had was pushing me away, while God was pulling me in. Today we see Ruth experience the same thing. She entered her new life, and she knew she had some decisions to make for her future as well as Naomi’s. 

Ruth Chapter Two starts out with a wealthy Bethlehem man, Boaz. He owned a land that was plentiful with crops, and he had workers who would cut down the crops of barley and wheat in the fields and tie them into bundles. After a long days work, any crops that were not harvested could be picked up by poor people, which is called gleaning. It was served as for poor to have food to eat and the owners could not hoard any more than they should. Ruth and Naomi only carried themselves into this new land, so they really needed to harvest for themselves. Ruth approached Naomi and said, “Let me go into the fields to gather leftover grain behind anyone who will let me do it.” (Ruth 2:2) Naomi agreed and as Ruth went out into the land to glean, she happened to be working in the land that Boaz owned.

Let’s pause to reflect. Don’t you see God’s hand in this? This brave, kind woman decided to stay by her mother in law’s side to support and comfort her, and now she is working as well. God planned this to meet a true man of God, Boaz. When we trust God and His will for our lives, we can see past the suffering. 

Continuing, Boaz saw Ruth and approached her saying, “The Lord be with you!” Okay…if a man I never met greeted me like that I would fall over. Wow! Boaz was told by a foreman that Ruth was a woman of the Lord. For he knew that she just lost her husband and his relative Elimelech had passed as well, and Ruth chose to be merciful and loving to Naomi. Boaz was astounded by her character! So he told her to work with the other woman and harvest as much as she wanted and to drink plenty from his well. (Ruth 2:4-8)

Ruth was so blown away by his character and fell to his feet exclaiming, “Why are you so kind to me?! I am only a foreigner.” Boaz replied, “Yes I know, but I also know about the love and kindness you have shown your mother-in-law since he death of your husband. I heard how you left your mother and father in your own land to live hear among strangers. May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully. (Ruth 2:10-12) 

So from that point on Boaz had Ruth work in his land so she was safe and had plenty to take back to Naomi. Boaz noticed Ruth’s character by how she worked to provide for her and Naomi, and how she entered a new life, trusting in God to lead her the way. Ruth noticed Boaz’s character by embracing her for the woman she was, not as a foreigner. He made sure that she had plenty to harvest and a place to rest. They both acknowledge God. That right there is so important to have in a stable, lasting relationship. 

Today, honor your husband, friend, or co-worker. Show them a inwardly kindness that is unlike this world. Demonstrate a godly character and help a hurt soul feel important. If you feel stuck or the path you’re on is just leading down a black hole, ask God to give you guidance and motivation to work for Him. 

“Living as A Modern Day Ruth: Day One.” By Melodie Rose Jordan. 

Today, God laid on my heart to do a “mini blog” series on the woman, Ruth. This woman is the definition of a woman of faith. She was bold, brave, and merciful. She trusted God to lead her in the path of the unknown, and respected herself to wait on the right man of God to come in God’s timing. I pray that whatever season you’re in, new relationship, married, divorced, or single. Allow your heart to be vulnerable and open to God’s message. Let Him touch the areas that feel like silk, and the ones that feel like shards of glass. 

Why is this particular book so important? The book of Ruth shows 3 people who remained strong in their character as being faithful to God, in the midst of adversity.  

Ruth’s life: The book of Ruth starts out with a tragic situation. It starts by explaining about a man, Elimelech, and his wife Naomi. They have two sons together, Mahlon and Kilion. (Ruth 1:1-3). 

Elimelech then passed away suddenly and left Naomi as a widow. Her two sons married two Moabite women: Oprah and Ruth. But alas, her two sons passed as well, leaving both Ruth and Naomi widows. 

Naomi had overheard that in Moab, the Lord’s blessing caused a fruitful season of crops, so Naomi, along with her two daughter in laws, traveled to this land. Naomi insisted that the two women travel back to their own mothers. They grieved, and as Oprah left, Ruth chose to stay by her mother in laws side. 

But Ruth replied: “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. I will go wherever you go and live wherever you live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.” Ruth 1:16 Ruth, not knowing what path she was taking, chose bravely to be by Naomi’s side and trusted God above all else. 

When they reached Bethlehem, Naomi was greeted by the town. Her reply to them was in complete bitterness and grief: “Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Instead, call me Mara. For the Almighty has made my life very bitter for me. I went away full, but he lord has brought me home empty. Why should you call me Naomi when the Lord has caused me to suffer, and the Almighty has sent such tragedy? Ruth 20:21

Our pain can cause us to question God, to allow ourselves to drown in our self pity. Yes, Naomi lost her family. But instead of dwelling in that, she could have looked at the one who chose to stay by her side: Ruth. She chose to comfort and support her through her mourning. Ruth left everything she knew to a life unfamiliar. She looked beyond herself and loved on Naomi. 

(Receiving God’s blessing6 
Leviticus 26:1-14 

-Three thing to take away from this chapter that relates to Ruth

Do not Create Idols: Naomi let her heart become bitter as the lost of her family. God did show mercy, but the important thing is she didn’t trust God and lean on Him through her loss. Instead, she let her mind be consumed by losing an earthly value, which she made more important that God. 

Ruth chose to walk in the way of God. She chose to continue her life and to seek God’s guidance. She chose to be strong and loving for Naomi. She chose to idolize God. 

He will Send His Rain on Our Droughts: as Naomi and Ruth were living in a place where crops were scarce, God made a way for them to travel to another land in Judah, where their would be plenty of food and harvest. Just as God can do in our hearts. When we read His word and soak in the truth, our souls are being spiritually fed and we will always remained satisfied and strengthened for our days ahead. 

God will Always Walk With Us: As Naomi and Ruth traveled to this land, not having a clue what it would be like, Ruth knew God was with them. Ruth trusted that the path her and her mother-in-law were taking was one where it would lead them to a brighter future. Ruth chose to put her past and husband’s death behind her mind and put her heart for God up front. 

So today ask yourself: am I living with an attitude as Naomi: full of bitterness, resentment, and doubt? Or as Ruth: full of grace, boldness, and bravery for God. I pray that you examine your hearts. Whatever trial you’re facing, God is already ahead of it. Walk down that unknown path He is calling you towards.