Yesterday, we started a new series in the book of Ruth. We saw the journey to Bethlehem and the struggle the family endured.
Today, we head out to the fields.
Ruth headed out to the fields to pick up any grain left behind by the harvesters.
The field she was working in was owned by a man named Boaz. He asked the people who worked for him who the young woman was.
Don’t you think it is interesting that Boaz would notice a new person in his fields? I get the impression that he knows his workers well, and any new face would peak his entrance.
However, I also think Ruth must have been beautiful.
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Boaz engaged Ruth in conversation, asking her who she was. She explained her relationship to Naomi and how she happened into his field.
“Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”Ruth 2:11-12
Naomi and Ruth’s arrival in Bethlehem must have been the talk of the town. He also was well-connected to understand the gravity of the situation.
When Ruth needed encouragement, the Lord provided it through Boaz.
The Lord encourages us when we least expect it, and in ways, we may not understand.
Boaz says at the end of verse 12 – “under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” The Lord – the God of Israel – Boaz says.
There is no doubt that our hearts are broken and hurting after so much pain this year.
Every sniffle or cough, we tend to go to the dark side and think we have COVID. The Lord reminds us that “He’s Got This” – we do not have to fear.
Ruth must have been scared working in the fields, wondering if men might try to take advantage of her, but the Lord protected her.
It’s no accident that she ended up in Boaz’s field – it was divine.
The workers were caring – it was divine.
Boaz provided a safe place for her to work, and who knew her story – it was divine.
Even in the smallest moments of life, God reminds us that He is in control. If He knows the number of hairs on our head or the grains of sand on the seashore, certainly you are more precious to Him than anything else.
Just like Ruth, He is watching over you.
You are safe in His field.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for Your hope and safety. When our world seems like it is crashing down around us, you remind us that you are in control, You’ve Got This, and we are Your children. Please give us the strength to conquer today. Amen!