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What we find today are Christians who threaten God when faced with situations, “Lord after I have sown my seed why did you not get me that job I prayed about? I will wait till next week if nothing changes then I will stop going to church, etc.” Or some will say, “Lord when is it going to be my turn? Give me a spouse now or I will backslide from the faith!”
18 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her.
Ruth returned with Naomi to Bethlehem, and word of her arrival and Ruth’s resolve to stick with her and serve her God also began to spread in the community. On arrival, Ruth kept such a submissive attitude instead of the rancorous behaviour that tends to go with the proverbial daughter and mother-in-law relationship. This is agape-love, which never fails in all relationship issues. Natural human love, even that between a mother and her child is natural and selfish.
Ruth also demonstrated initiative. On arrival back in Bethlehem during the barley harvest, she does not wait to be coaxed to do something for their daily subsistence. She does not sit back wishing and complaining that some man would come and rescue her from widowhood. She decides to go out and see how she could participate gleaning from the barley harvest.
A ship that is moving is easier to stir in the right direction than one that is stationary.
1 There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz.
2 So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.”
3 Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers. And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.
Ruth moved and began to see what she could do to earn a living. In verse 3, she happened to come into Boaz’s field. Boaz was a relative of her late husband’s family. The practice of gleaning from the fields after the reapers have been through was what the poor and needy did for subsistence as stipulated by God in the law. It was a welfare system to help supply food for the poor. She did not see that as being beneath her. She did not begin to lament her lot in life after the death of her husband. On returning to Bethlehem, she did not see herself as hopeless and having to start all over in life. She was not miserable. She took it all in stride expecting the best from Jehovah.
4 Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you!” And they answered him, “The Lord bless you!”
5 Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?”
6 So the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered and said, “It is the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab.
7 And she said, ‘Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.’ So she came and has continued from morning until now, though she rested a little in the house.”
8 Then Boaz said to Ruth, “You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women.
9 Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.”
10 So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”
Ruth kept gleaning from Boaz’s field and when Boaz came to see to things he noticed Ruth. This was Jehovah at work. There were other maidens there, but Boaz only noticed Ruth.
Dear Friend, I pray that God will order your steps into the place where you will be noticed and occupy your place of destiny. The story and commitment of Ruth had gone ahead of her and you can see she already has favour from the Lord with Boaz. Favour is always an indication that we are in God’s will and in the place He has for us. Boaz encourages Ruth to stay in his field and not go elsewhere.