“And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman.”
Ruth 3:11, 2:10-13, Proverbs 31
How neat would it be to be considered a “worthy woman”, or a “woman of noble character.” Right now as I am studying the book of Ruth, I couldn’t help but pause and admire Ruth as I read verse 3:11, “For all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman.”
To give you some context to this passage, in chapter three, Naomi instructs Ruth to approach Boaz at the threshing floor. Ruth is obedient to her mother-in-law’s instructions, and did just as her mother-in-law commanded her to do (3:6). She was to wash and anoint herself, to put on her cloak, and to approach the threshing floor. After observing the place where Boaz would lie down for the night, she was to go and uncover his feet, to lie down, and then to do all that Boaz told her to do. (While some commentators suggests that Ruth provided an opportunity for immorality, I believe the contrary. Boaz was a man of integrity, and Ruth was a woman known for her noble character. I don’t think the text suggests anything more :).
Verse eight tells us that Boaz was startled at midnight, and upon being started he asks, “Who are you?” Ruth humbly responds by saying, “I am your servant Ruth. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.” Ruth had found refuge in the wings of the God of Israel (2:12), and now she sought refuge in the wings of her kinsman-redeemer.
Ruth had walked away from everything that was familiar to her. Her mother’s house, her home land, and the possibility of marrying a husband among her own people. She instead decided to follow her mother-in-law, and to live among a people she did not know. The coolest part, though, is that she sought refuge under the wings of a God not like those in her homeland. She sought refuge in the wings of the God of Israel (2:12).
Ruth believed in the God of Israel, trusted Him with her life, and expected that He would be faithful. And you know what happened? He was faithful. (He is faithful!) Ruth sets an incredible example of a worthy woman. An example of service (2:11-13), sacrifice (2:11-13), obedience, faith, trust (2:11), loyalty (2:11), and determination.
How much do you trust the God of Israel today? Are you living in obedience to him? Are there any habits in your life that you need to change? Do you truly know that God is faithful? The book of Ruth challenged me to evaluate my own life. Now I challenge you to see how you answer these questions. I am praying for you, friend.
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I look forward to many more conversations with you sweet friends. Have a wonderful new year.
This post is for the girl who is overcommitted and tired. Worn out and stressed out. Distracted and unmotivated. Is that you today?
I have to admit it has been me these past two weeks. Today is different though. Today I feel a sense of restoration and renewal. I’m still tired, and all of life’s challenges haven’t been fixed, but my perspective is different. My glass is much more full, rather than running dry. Why? Because I read the Word this morning, and I realized again just how much I need it each and every day.
I will be the first to tell you that I have struggled this semester to start my days off right. For the past few weeks I have found myself snoozing my way through my time with the Lord rather than waking up early to spend that sacred time with Him in His Word.
This morning though, by God’s grace (haha!), I woke up wide awake at 6:30 AM. This gave me a full hour to read and meditate on Psalm 119, to pray, and to journal. I can’t explain to you how much I needed it! And I can’t express how much I desire that you would have set apart time with the Lord in the same way.
So today, I know its simple, but I want to ask you the same question I have been asking myself: Have you spent time with the Lord today? Will you do the same tomorrow? And does your schedule this year include set apart time for Him?
I know it's hard, but lets fight to protect that time together.
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