Ruth 1:22 “So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.”
Ruth 2:1-3 “And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz. 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. 3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.”
Ruth goes to glean in the field, and just happens to gleam partially on Boaz land. Nothing is by coincidence or luck. The Lord divinely orders her steps, just like He does ours. Boaz tells Ruth, not to glean in another field, but abide in his field and she will be taken care of.
“Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?” Ruth 2:10
Another words Ruth wants to know what makes her special, or favored over the other widows and less fortunate.
”And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.12.The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.” Ruth 2:11-12
Here in chapter two we see a Gentile come under the wings of the Lord. There would come a time when many more among the nations would do the same. But not until, in a stunning twist of irony, God’s own people reject the Lord Jesus, the Redeemer, and their Messiah.
It was Israel’s rejection of Jesus, which included his atoning death on the cross that opened the door for the Gentile nations –you and I – to come under his wing of protection from God’s wrath. It is Naomi and Elemelich refusal to come under God’s wings of protection and provisions that in a strange turn of events Ruth comes under the LORD God of Israel, wings whom she has come to trust.”
Ruth ask Boaz, Why? “Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?” Have you ever asked God WHY? I have, and he answer’s me in his time, when I am ready to receive it.
Ruth had to work. If Ruth wanted to eat, she had no other choice. There was no welfare system, no husband, no children, nor other options available. When we come to God, there are still trials and hard times, however we are not alone. Just like Boaz noticed Ruth, Jesus noticed us. Ruth situation wasn’t just a sacrifice or hardship, but really a blessing in disguised. We don’t always understand why we go through what we do, but God sees everything and He is well able to turn it around for good, once we choose to follow Him.
I cannot help to think there may be also another reason that Boaz showed favor to Ruth. Boaz mother was also a stranger, a gentile; a woman named Rehab of Jericho a former prostitute. Rehab also came under the LORD God of Israel, wings that she had come to trust. This is not coincident but divine province. No more than Ruth stumbling onto Boaz property is luck or coincident. Surely Boaz knew how cruel people could be. The Jewish women may have rejected his own mother, due to her sultry past, and being a gentile.
Ruth must have been very attractive, but much too young for Boaz. He refers to her as daughter, in a sense showing a protective nature toward her.Thank God for Boaz compassion. Our past does affect our present. The Lord is so much bigger than us. He plans our lives before we are born. God orchestrates every detail of our lives. Proverbs 16:9 says “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.”
The lives of those who will be a part of His glorious plan in our lives have already been put into motion. All we have to do is trust and obey God. The Lord hasn’t forgotten you! Keep working the harvest field, whether it’s working on saving your marriage, praying for your rebellious children or struggling with a ministry, don’t give up on God.
“The Lord is able to recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.” Ruth 2:12
To be continued...