Ruth and Naomi now live in Bethlehem Judah.
Does God really show up for those who repent and return?
Let’s find out!
Ruth chapter 2 verse 1 introduces us to a new character in the plot.
And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
We may need to know a few things about this man, Boaz.
First, his name means Strength. As we’ll see from His life, he was indeed a man of inner and outward strength.
Then his family. We know he’s a kinsman of Elimelech, but who are his parents? Let’s read Matthew chapter 1, verses 1-16. It gives the genealogy of Jesus. You can read all. I’ll just pick some verses.
Abraham beget Isaac; and Isaac beget Jacob; and Jacob beget Judas and his brethren.
And Judas beget Phares and Zara of Thamar…
And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab…
Young Women Who Found Grace
His parents were Salmon and Rachab. You know who Rachab is? That prostitute in Joshua 2: 1 – Rahab.
Yes, now you remember. She’s in the lineage of our Saviour Jesus. Amazing! Isn’t it?
I pointed this out here to remind you that your past can be redeemed. Jesus can. He can turn that messy past life into a future that speaks volumes in the kingdom of God. Don’t allow anyone to make you feel you’re too lost, too sinful, too flawed to be forgiven and fruitful. If God did it for Rahab and the Ruth we’re studying (you’ll still behold what became of this young and yielded woman) – God can and will do it in your life.
But you know how their story turned around – repentance and returning. Rahab dropped the lifestyle and land of Jericho and journeyed with the Israelites to the promised land. Ruth relinquished the lifestyle and land of Moab for Bethlehem Judah.
That’s where you need to start if you want the kind of end they had – an end of joy, peace and hope.
Back to Boaz. One more thing worth noting about him is his personality and love for God. Boaz wasn’t proud and self-sufficient. Although wealthy, we see his benevolence, empathy and kindness towards Ruth – not seeking to exploit her in any way. We also see lips that always confess God – The Lord be with you… The Lord recompense thy work. An epitome of a God-fearing man. More about Boaz as we go on.
Acting On God’s Promises
Let’s get back to the cottage of Ruth and Naomi. Let’s say they’ve found this little cottage to put up in since all Naomi’s family had was probably in shambles. They had rested their weary bodies at night. It’s morning. And they need something to eat. Already, everyone avoids them. Noami’s with a Moabites, and to them, she looked like a plague.
What will they do? No farmland. No family. No friends. Should they fold their arms and die of hunger?
Ruth voiced her thoughts about going out to work and earn money or food for both of them. No matter how much the people despised her, God will direct her to someone who needs her service.
Then Naomi remembered. She remembered an instruction from God… that provided for people like them.
Leviticus 19: 9, 10 – And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest. And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest.
Long before this time, God had them in mind. Long before that challenge you’re going through, God had you in mind. He knows the bitter weary way, the endless striving day by day. The soul that weeps the soul that prays, my Father knows.
He knows. And He’s working everything out for you. He’s made a provision for you. Just look up and trust, you’ll find the solution.
Ruth: Strong In Heart and Hands
2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.
I see a courageous young woman here. Fearless. Bold. Daring. Caring less of what people thought about her. Enthusiastic. Hardworking. She didn’t fold her arms, whining and crying.
She got up and swung into action. She believed God would order her steps, and grant her grace in the sight of those she’ll meet.
Did God disappoint her?
3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap wass to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.
Talk about finding grace. God ordering the steps of the righteous.
How God orchestrated her walking into the field of Boaz to glean.
No! This is providence!
Our Providential God
Providence describes the foreseeing care and guidance of God. God still cares for and guides His children.
And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The Lord be with you. And they answered him, The Lord bless thee.
As she still gleaned in that field, the wealthy owner Boaz walked in. And notices her. In the next study, we’ll discuss what followed.
But so far, I believe you’ve seen that God cannot forsake those who put their trust in Him.
God’s word says, Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. (Isaiah 49: 15)
God is too faithful to fail. Turn to Him. Take hold of His promises. Trust in His word. Knowing God had made provision for people like them to glean from the harvests of others, Ruth stepped out in faith to go claim the promises.
What promises in God’s word do you know? How will you know them if you don’t take time to study the Bible and spend time meditating on the Word? As well as praying them into your heart.
You know them. Do you act on it? Faith without works is dead! If Ruth sat back in the cottage with Naomi, wishing and praying, she would have missed the provision from Boaz farm, and as well miss that connection with Boaz.
A lot of things we pray and cry about simply lies at the other side of work. The other side of facing your fears and committing yourself to winning.