“He said, ‘Who are you?’ And she answered, ‘I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.’”

Ruth 3:9

Sometimes God miraculously intervenes in this world, but more often than not, He uses ordinary means to accomplish His will. Throughout the book of Ruth, God uses commonplace people to accomplish His saving purposes for an ordinary (and suffering) family. God could have easily delivered Ruth and Naomi through miraculous measures, but instead He uses the simple love of faithful Boaz. 

With that in mind, before you start fighting your depression in earnest, you need to ask yourself, “Am I safe?” Are you contemplating suicide or self-harm? How often are you thinking about such things and with what level of detail? If you are a danger to yourself, you need to take advantage of God-appointed means, such as doctors and medicine, to get safe and stable. 

There will be plenty of time to work through depression in this life, but you must first guard the life God has given you. Get safe and let Jesus spread His wings over you through medical care, if needed. But don’t stop there! Much more love and joy await you in Christ Jesus.

Scripture Focus

Ruth 3


“Safe in the arms of Jesus,/ Safe from corroding care,/ Safe from the world’s temptations,/ Sin cannot harm me there.” (Fanny J. Crosby, 1868)

Bible In A Year

  • Job 17-18
  • Psalm 51
  • Luke 14