I have read the story of Ruth before, but I thoroughly love this study. Liz helps the characters leap out of the Bible. I am learning so much through the character of Ruth, but even more than that, I love how God makes His self known and provides, not just for the people in the Bible, but also for us. Sometimes we have to take our eyes off the circumstances long enough to realize that God is at work all around us.
Ruth is a prime example. She had numerous reasons to be stuck in the mire of her life. However, she made the choice to trust God and boy does He not only show up, but shows off. Wait, I am getting ahead of the story.
In chapter 7, we pick up the story as Ruth returns from her first day of gleaning. She goes out empty, but God has brought her back full. I love how the Lord provides beyond what we originally hoped for. He is so good.
Recounting the events of the day has brought about a complete turn around in Naomi. Gone are the days of being bitter, her faith has been completely restored.
Naomi then reveals that Boaz is their kinsman-redeemer. Christ came to redeem and restore us. He doesn’t stop there, He also wants to help us in the here and not. God will give us the direction we need to go and the strength for the journey, all we need to do is ask for help.
Moving right along, I love how Boaz, like God, accepted Ruth in spite of everything that on the outside was stacked against her. Ruth didn’t let these things drag her down. She trusted God and continued to follow His leading in her life.
The third chapter of Ruth takes the story and kicks it “into overdrive.” The entire chapter takes place within the course of one day. The reader sees a dynamic change in the character of Naomi. She is no longer focused solely on herself. Naomi wants more for Ruth. She is willing to let her go, so Ruth can have a better life. Naomi has made the choice to be used by God. She has a plan to help Ruth get Boaz’s attention and a chance to talk to him.
My favorite verse in chapter three would have to be verse four, “He will tell you what to do.” I really believe the “he” is referring to God. He is going to not only be with Ruth, but also direct her every step along the way. I just love that about God.
Ruth now has a future. The same thing is true for you as well dear one. Just like it says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” All we have to do is ask for God’s help and trust Him to lead us every step of the way.