“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 ESV
We are studying the book of Ruth – a redemption story with a genealogy that birth’s the Messiah and redeems the world. Ruth obtains blessings that restore her and provide for her future and God wants to do the same for us!
Dear Heavenly Father – you are The Redeemer! Thank you for caring about the little things in our life and using them for your greater plans. You alone restore. You alone redeem. You alone are to be glorified! Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to the ways of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
Ruth, and her mother-in-law, Naomi, find themselves widows and destitute in Bethlehem by the end of chapter 1. In the hard times Ruth make a promise to stay with and take care of Naomi. (Ruth 1 is attached to part 1 of this series, chapter 2 is attached to part 2 and chapter 3 is attached below for your convenience. However I encourage you to read the whole book – it isn’t long.)
“But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” Ruth 1:16-17 ESV
Ruth’s commitment carried a curse – if she broke her promise, God should smite her.
Have you ever made a commitment and then try to back out of it?? How different would the story of Ruth be if she tried to back out of this commitment? She cursed herself with death and God would surly honor it. From Ruth came the lineage of Jesus – therefore how different the entire Bible would have been!!! But Ruth was faithful to her commitment and therein came all the blessings.
Furthermore, as we discussed yesterday, Ruth had a servant’s heart. Her character was so well established that everyone in town had been talking about her. Ruth then goes and works in the fields and is such a good hard worker that she gets noticed.
When you are down, depleted and emptied by life’s hard times – and your only solution is taking a job of a servant, way beneath you and your abilities and your accomplishments….. hmmm. It happens. Let me tell you how close to home it happens:
My son has a 4 year college degree. He ended up serving coffee in a coffee shop while he looked for a career. The pandemic hit. Then he lost his job as many others have in this pandemic. He has tried to get a job in his field of secondary study as his field of primary study remains very shut down by the pandemic. Yet, he is unsuccessful. After hard times, he must lower himself more – taking a job shuffling items from point A to B.
I, then, take the opportunity to show him something significant about all of this.
The plans he had for himself, he elevated and thought were above other things – but in a global crisis, it was deemed the most non-essential of all industries! And now he must take a job he thinks is beneath him. But it is in the supply chain industry which has proven to be one of the most essential industries in a time of crisis as well as non-emergent times. What he feels is so low is one of the most valuable of services in our world. If he does it with all his ability and prove to be a worker of character, then God will lift him up.
This is that verse from yesterday (in Matthew 23:11-12) in practice – the greatest is the servant – and the supply chain serves all of our needs.
Just because we never thought we would find ourselves in this job, position, or situation (as Ruth probably thought to herself as she went to the field praying to be able to be accepted as a servant) – even if we view it with our own eyes as low and beneath us – if we work with all the abilities and talents God gave us, then He will bless us!
“But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!” Ruth 2:11-12 ESV
Good character opens doors – hard work opens blessings. I suppose it is important to notice that the blessing here is “The Lord REPAY you for what you have done”.
What if someone prayed that blessing over you and into your life?? Would the flood gates of restoration and redemption pour in? I think about this.
Thank the Lord for grace!! All of the evil and all of the things I did outside of God’s will – if you prayed this over me, it might smack me upside the head as an abundant curse – IF NOT FOR GRACE! I have sinned, I bought the lies of the devil and was slowly being destroyed and killed. My character at that time would not have found me consistent. Although I maintained high morals and ethics professionally, my personal life was a contradiction making me not trust worthy.
Dear Lord, I am in a place of needing restoration in my reputation of my character, maybe some of the readers are too – please help us work as unto You. Let us use the talents and skills you have given us to worship and thank You for them. Help us to make the hard ethically correct choices regardless of what everyone else is doing. Help us be like Ruth. Thank you Lord, that with you, it is never too late to turn it all around. We ask for blessings Lord – not to fulfil greed, but to restore us, Lord. We need your power in our lives. – In Jesus name we pray – Amen
As Boaz points out Ruth took refuge under God’s wings – Let us run to God and stay under his wings! Living a life in a relationship with Him – He is our daddy and we can be blessed and safe.
If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**
Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
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Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!
Ruth Chapter 3 ESV
Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, should I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you? 2 Is not Boaz our relative, with whose young women you were? See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. 3 Wash therefore and anoint yourself, and put on your cloak and go down to the threshing floor, but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 4 But when he lies down, observe the place where he lies. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down, and he will tell you what to do.” 5 And she replied, “All that you say I will do.”
6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did just as her mother-in-law had commanded her. 7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then she came softly and uncovered his feet and lay down. 8 At midnight the man was startled and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet! 9 He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.” 10 And he said, “May you be blessed by the Lord, my daughter. You have made this last kindness greater than the first in that you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich. 11 And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman. 12 And now it is true that I am a redeemer. Yet there is a redeemer nearer than I. 13 Remain tonight, and in the morning, if he will redeem you, good; let him do it. But if he is not willing to redeem you, then, as the Lord lives, I will redeem you. Lie down until the morning.”
14 So she lay at his feet until the morning, but arose before one could recognize another. And he said, “Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.” 15 And he said, “Bring the garment you are wearing and hold it out.” So she held it, and he measured out six measures of barley and put it on her. Then she went into the city. 16 And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “How did you fare, my daughter?” Then she told her all that the man had done for her, 17 saying, “These six measures of barley he gave to me, for he said to me, ‘You must not go back empty-handed to your mother-in-law.’” 18 She replied, “Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest but will settle the matter today.”