“And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, go my daughter.” Ruth 2:2
Ruth was a woman of resilience and faith (though she came from a family and a country that served a false God). She fell in love with the God of Israel whom she became familiar with through Naomi and her family, and she purposed in her heart never to look back (Ruth 1:16-17).
When she finally arrived in Bethlehem, she wasted no time. She knew that their survival was dependent on her, seeing that Naomi was up in age. She asked Naomi permission to go and glean in the field with high hopes that Boaz will allow her to work there, though she was a stranger (Ruth 2:2). I Love the fact that she did not sit around waiting for handouts, but instead, she was ready to work in the humblest position, and that was, working behind the legitimate workers for an honest bread (Ruth 2:3).
Another highlight about Ruth was her love and kindness towards Naomi. Apart from working in the field she would save a portion of her lunch for Naomi (Ruth 2:18). She made sure that she took good care of her mother in law. Wasn’t that nice of her? Yes, it was, because in today’s reality you really don’t find that kind of mother in law/daughter in law relationship so easily. And so, Naomi saw Ruth’s heart and she gave her a push in the right direction. Ruth went on to become the wife of Boaz, and from that union she gave birth to a male child and they named him Obed. After Ruth gave birth, Naomi regained her status in Bethlehem. She had changed her name to Mara (bitter), but God caused the women in her village to declare her blessed, restored, and nourished in her old age (Ruth 4:14-15). God has a way of reviving you in your latter years.
Though Ruth was just one person, yet she was deemed better to Naomi than seven sons (Ruth 4:15). That honor was given to her because of her hard work, her demonstration of genuine love and kindness towards her mother in law. Obed became the father of Jesse and Jesse became the father of David. This was nothing short of a divine connection between two women bonded by God’s love.
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Lord please help me to continue to show kindness to others even when my life is filled with challenges. Help me to be like Ruth, to walk in humility and share the little that I have to bless others in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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