Ruth 2

Ruth 2 has Naomi and Ruth back home.  There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, Boaz, who had fields that were in harvest.  Ruth takes the initiative to try and become a bread winner and says “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor”.  Remember she is a young woman in a foreign land not knowing a person other than her mother in law.  She wants to take care of Naomi and find a way to eat – so she heads out to pick up the grain that has been left in the field.

She isn’t the only one doing that – Boaz has many slaves and workers that serve him.  He notices Ruth out there working hard and asks about her of his servants.  And he is impressed.  In fact he says “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before”.  Often we think no one notices what we are doing.  I find that is seldom the case – someone is always watching and sees how we live and what we do.  Life matters.  How we live makes a difference.  People are aware.

That was certainly the case with Boaz.  He blesses her by allowing her to sit and eat with his servants.  And then he instructs his people to make is easier for her to succeed.  “Let her glean even among the sheaves….also pull out some from the bundles for her and leave it for her”.  Boaz tells his folks to allow her to pick up right in the area they are working – before anyone else would have a chance.  And not only that, they are instructed to leave some of the grain intentionally for her to gather.  He wants to make it easy for her to get enough.  That is truly sharing graciously and generously on his part.

Ruth goes home that evening with a good day under her belt.  She had a good harvest, and brought home a nice amount of grain.  Naomi asked about the day and discovers the goodness of Boaz.  She says “May he be blessed by the Lord, whose kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead”.  Boaz didn’t owe her any favors.  But he gave freely to some people in need from his abundance.  They had made a good choice to come back to Naomi’s homeland.  They had people there who were willing to care for them in spite of their situation.  God is good, all the time!

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