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The Benefits of Aligning Yourself With God

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There are lots of things I love about God. Like the way he faithfully cares for those who commit their hearts to him. What about you? Have you ever wondered if God really cares about your needs? Have you wondered if it truly makes a difference to put your faith in God? Ruth’s story clearly shows us the benefits of a loving relationship with God.

Remembering Ruth’s Past

  • Recall that Ruth was widowed and left in a destitute situation.
  • She made a strong commitment to Naomi and her God.
  • She moved to Bethlehem.
  • She took the initiative to go to the fields to gather grain under God’s welfare plan in the Old Testament

Stepping Into Ruth’s Future With God

Watch how God began protecting and providing for Ruth almost immediately after she committed herself to his care.

As Ruth made her way into the fields to glean, God guided her steps into fields owned by Boaz. Boaz was a distant relative and a man of integrity who was deeply respected by his employees and friends.

Ruth was working in Boaz’ field when he returned home. He noticed her immediately and asked who she was.

His employee said, “She is the young Moabite woman who returned with Naomi from the land of Moab.”

How God Worked in Ruth’s Life Through a Godly Man

Boaz went beyond what God required him to do. He:

  • Encouraged Ruth to come back to glean in his fields everyday.
  • Told her to follow his servant girls through the fields and pick up grain behind them.
  • Protected her by telling his male servants not to touch her.
  • Invited her to drink from the water jars provided for his servants.
  • When mealtime came, he fed her with his staff.

In humility and gratitude, Ruth fell on her face bowing to the ground before Boaz and asked “Why have I found favor in your sight that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” (Ruth 2:10)

Ruth’s reputation preceded her. The story of her selfless actions and character had already spread through the community. Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband – how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” (Ruth 2:11-12)

Boaz also instructed his men:

  • Not to insult or embarrass her as she gleaned.
  • To purposely pull out stalks from the bundles and leave them on the ground for her to pick up.

Taking Refuge Under God’s Wing

God began to live, move, work, and take action in Ruth’s life. It all began after she committed herself to him. An all-out, no-matter-what commitment. Full trust.

He’ll do the same for you when you align your life with his.

What do you think about this story? Have you put your trust in God? If so, how have you seen him work in your life?

With full confidence in the character of God . . .

Lisa~

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