And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not: And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not. Ruth 2:15-16
God loves to redeem pain, with purpose.
Ruth is also a woman who found favor in the eyes of God, and became significant in her generation and generations. There are so many things we can learn from the book of Ruth. The book of Ruth is a beautiful love story, but also very instructive.
God’s calling: It teaches us that God has plans for all peoples, despite of religion, race, or nationality. Ruth was a Moabite, who did not affiliate with the Jews, They served different gods, and were of mixed race.
Bitterness: Noemi the mother figure in the story suffered the loss of her husband and her sons too. She changed her name from Noemi (joy) to Mara (bitterness). It is vital that we take our time to grieve, but not stay in it. This is because grief can make us question our identity, and purpose in life.
Disappointment: The other 2 women, Orpah and Ruth lost their husbands. Orpah decided to stay in her land and ended the relationship with the other two. Ruth on the other hand stayed by Noemi’s side, and decided that changing her life was worth any risks necessary.
Servitude: Ruth decided to care for Noemi: she was loyal to her. Even though Noemi tried to convince her to go back to Moab. She left the gods of her people, and followed Jehovah, the God of Israel (Noemi’s God). Ruth was loyal, courageous, coachable, committed and faith-filed. Sometimes God redeems our story by surrounding us with people who can show us the right way to go, or people who we can pour into so that they make better decisions than we did.
Grace and protection: Ruth was willing to work for herself, in order to supply for herself and Noemi. her willingness put her on the map. Boaz noticed her, and asked the servants in front of her to let her glean in the good part of the field. This is grace, we reap from what we have not sowed. We receive the goodness of God without deserving it. When Boaz tells his servants “and do not insult her”, he is the representation of Christ (and how our husband is supposed to be): protective.
Marriage: Ruth was humble, which is a prerequisite to receiving instructions from Noemi. Boaz had already noticed her, but it was up to Ruth to show Boaz that she was interested and Noemi as an elder instructed her on how to do this. We all need to have a mentor, someone that will hold us accountable and help us align ourselves with the characteristics of a godly woman/man; someone who can teach us about choosing/finding the right mate.
Redemption: We know that God connects people for purposes, and He also redeems our time. Boaz redeemed the family name, after her husband died. Ruth could not redeem herself but the Lord had a plan in place to redeem Noemi and Ruth. And this is the beginning of the lineage of David and our Lord Jesus Christ.
- do something that compensates for poor past performance or behavior.
- fulfill or carry out (a pledge or promise).
- gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment.
Jesus is our Redeemer, He is a redeemer of our times and our lives.
Thank you for Jesus for being our redeemer. Thank you for being good to us. Thank you for dying for us while we were yet sinners. I pray today for mentors and mentorship, may you bring those reading to serve as a help to others who need help. May they too have people who they can pour into, and people who can help them in return. I pray for marriages and divine connections, and redemption. You are our Redeemer Jesus! Thank you! In Jesus name, Amen.