I did a little reading today from the book of Ruth. It is such a precious book that shows us how a woman that married a man from another country becomes a widow and leaves her own home and family to travel with her mother-in-law back to the home her family had left during the time of famine, and there she finds a new love, a redeemer who took all her financial worries and loneliness away!
On that level you can read it as a beautiful love story, and all of my life whenever I read it I would always say that I wanted to find my own Boaz.
On a spiritual level we see an allegory of Christ and the church. We were foreigners, Gentiles, and yet Jesus as our Redeemer, called us His own and He takes us to be His very own Bride.
In the story we find Ruth, widowed, far away from home and living in a land where the people worship a strange God, yet she was willing to do it because of the love she had toward her mother-in-law Naomi.
What I like to stress in this story, for anyone looking for a new way of life or a new love, is that Ruth was gleaning faithfully in one field, working morning to night without a break and then the Master noticed her faithfulness and ordered the other harvesters to make life a little easier on her by leaving some good stalks of barley for her to find, I think it was kind of like a parent planting colored Easter eggs in plain sight for the little ones to find.
God is so good to us; don’t let discouragement get through to you! You might be thinking right now, “I have done everything I was supposed to do and look what has happened to me!” Don’t you think that Ruth felt discouraged? She was young and her young husband just got sick and died! Then she moved to a strange country with her mother-in-law to a town where she was probably the subject of the town gossip at the local well. Here was a girl who worshipped idols in a place where the Lord God Jehovah was worshipped. Then she was out working in the hot sun, seemingly with no reward but what little bit she could glean, just the things that the others had overlooked! Their leftovers! Then the Master saw her plight and came to her rescue.
That is where we are, out working in a field, feeling a little sorry for ourselves (I am including myself in this, so don’t get offended with me), we think “nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen!” But we do have a Savior a mighty redeemer and that is Jesus!
Psalm 34:5-7 Look at Him; give Him your warmest smile. Never hide your feelings from Him. When I was desperate, I called out, and God got me out of a tight spot. God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray.
What is the lesson here?
- If you want to be noticed, by God or man, take my grandfather’s advice to just “keep on keeping on” and working faithfully.
- Don’t get discouraged no matter how hard or bad everything looks
- When your Redeemer holds out His hand, take it and hold on to Him for dear life!
Remember the advice in Psalm 34; give Him your warmest smile, never hide your feelings from Him and He will get you out of your tight spot while giving His angels instructions to protect you!
And everybody said, “Amen!”