Devotional Series on Faith
Thursday June 15, 2017
2 Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek, whose name was Boaz.
2 And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.”
Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” 3 So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek.
4 Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The Lord be with you!”
“The Lord bless you!” they answered.
5 Boaz asked the overseer of his harvesters, “Who does that young woman belong to?”
6 The overseer replied, “She is the Moabite who came back from Moab with Naomi. 7 She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.’ She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.”
8 So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. 9 Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.” 10 At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?”
11 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. 12 May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”
- Ruth had made an unexpected call in staying with her mother-in-law, a call based not on circumstances or perhaps not even on self-preservation and certainly not on self-advancement but on a judgment call based primarily on faith. Such a call might seem ill advised given the way things appeared, but a decision to trust God is never ill-advised. From this time on we see the Hand of God all over the place in Ruth’s life. Ruth decides to go out and glean from the fields – no easy task. She is determined to do what she can to make a life for her and Naomi. God is with her. It just so happened that the field she went in to glean was owned by Boaz, a relative of Naomi’s husband. God had gone before her. Then while she is hard at work, Boaz shows up and, wonder of wonders he takes notice of her. Boaz had heard of Ruth’s sacrificial love for Naomi (another god thing) and then proceeded to bless her for it, vs. 12. O, you can be certain that the Lord was blessing Ruth and also repaying her 100 fold as she stepped out in faith and thereby took refuge under God’s wings!
- Through faith God had turned a desperate and despondent situation completely around. Whereas Elimelek had left Bethlehem to improve his situation only to find out things were not so much better on the other side of the fence, Ruth had made the sacrifice to leave her homeland to pursue faith in God with Naomi and in so doing experienced God’s blessing and miraculous provision! Ruth seemingly gave up personal security in search of God and found the greatest security under His wings. “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose”, Jim Elliot, missionary to the Auca Indians and martyr for Christ.