Day 3 - Ruth 2:13-20
As we get to know Ruth, we see that she doesn’t focus on her misfortunes or the life that could have been. Instead, she questioned why she was receiving favor. Although a new convert, Ruth knew something crucial: God doesn’t owe us anything. This truth has the potential to change our lives. Instead of focusing on our misfortunes, we’d see our many blessings. Ruth knew God was blessing her by leading her to Boaz’s field. Check out what happened next:
13 “May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord,” she said. “You have put me at ease by speaking kindly to your servant - though I do not have the standing of one of your servants.”
14 At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come over here. Have some bread and dip it in the wine vinegar.”
When she sat down with the harvesters, he offered her some roasted grain. She ate all she wanted and had some left over. 15 As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, “Let her gather among the sheaves and don’t reprimand her. 16 Even pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuke her.”
17 So Ruth gleaned in the field until evening. Then she threshed the barley she had gathered, and it amounted to about an ephah. 18 She carried it back to town, and her mother-in-law saw how much she had gathered. Ruth also brought out and gave her what she had left over after she had eaten enough.
19 Her mother-in-law asked her, “Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!”
Then Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. “The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz,” she said.
20 “The Lord bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers.”
Ruth had no business sitting at the table with the harvesters, but she was invited. Boaz could have just given her a piece of bread, but instead he allowed her to dip it in the wine vinegar. He gave her more than she could eat. As a believer, it’s important to see the parallel between this story and our Heavenly Father. We choose daily to sin against a perfect God and yet, He invites us to His table and gives us more than we need.
Who in your life needs to hear, or be reminded of that news today? Make a plan to share it with someone you love.
You can imagine Naomi’s surprise when Ruth returned home with something equivalent to 23 liters of barley. What a blessing for them to have food to either eat or sell. You can see Naomi’s heart is softening toward God as her bitterness is turning into praise. She knows God is in control because He has led Ruth into the field of one of their guardian-redeemers. A guardian-redeemer (also called kinsman redeemer) is a member of the family others could turn to if the family line or possessions were in danger of being lost. Naomi can already see that she and Ruth will be taken care of by God through Boaz.
We don’t have kinsman redeemers today, but it’s impossible to miss the word “redeemer.” The book of Ruth is a love story between a man and woman, but it mirrors a much bigger love story of the ultimate Redeemer, Jesus, who restores what was lost.
Even in the midst of everything going on, Jesus has the power to restore what was lost. Do you believe that? Can you see His hand in what you’ve lost in the past couple of months? If so, how?
Sometimes it’s hard to see what God is doing in the midst of hard times. Naomi couldn’t see it when her husband and sons died. But, in time, God made it known to her that He had a plan. God has a plan for you too. If you’re where Naomi was, feeling bitter and punished, know that God is good and His work isn’t finished yet.
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