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RUTH 4:5-6

Then Boez said, “on the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also buy it from Ruth the moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead on his inheritance.” and the near kinsman said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I ruin my own inheritance. You redeem my right of redemption for yourself, for I cannot redeem it.”

Myopia is an eye condition in which visual images come into focus in front of the retina, causing distant objects to be blurred. We commonly call this being nearsighted. We can see things close up but not far away.

People also can be nearsighted in their understanding of God’s plan for their life. The relative who was closest to Naomi and Ruth turned down the opportunity to redeem Naomi’s land and marry Ruth because he feared it might jeopardize his own inheritance.

He could see clearly what he had; however, he failed to discern what might be in the future. He chose to protect his current possessions, and thus missed the opportunity to be the grandfather of a king and the ancestor of the Messiah. Consequently, he passed off the scène without even a mention of his name.

Many individuals today do the same. They pour everything they have into this Life-all their time, talent, energy and money. Yet they fail to invest in eternity, as Jesus instructed us to do (Matt. 6:19-20).

They clearly discern what they have, but they fail to see that there’s something even more in store for them. They focus on the present and neglect the future. They give up all the wonders of heaven for the temporary security of earthly treasures. And when the winds of history pass, even their names are forgotten.

Don’t suffer from spiritual myopia. As a good steward, take care of what God entrusts to you today. But don’t let today’s possessions blind you to eternity’s possibilities. What lies ahead is worth far more than anything you hold in your hands today. The best is yet to come.



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