RUTH: AN INDUSTRIOUS WOMAN

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 26, 2024

TOPIC: RUTH: AN INDUSTRIOUS WOMAN

BY T. O. BANSO

So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, ‘Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.’ And she said to her, ‘Go, my daughter.’ Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers. And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech” (Ruth 2:2-3 New King James Version).

Have you seen people before who think that others exist to serve them, meet their needs, or give them things? Have you seen those who try to use their adversities to make a fortune from others? Such people will perpetuate their negative conditions with this attitude.

Ruth, a widow, was a very industrious woman; she was not parasitic; she didn’t sit down, seeking people’s sympathy and depending on others for a handout. She became the architect of her fortune.

As soon as Ruth got to Bethlehem from Moab with her mother-in-law, Naomi, who was also a widow, she decided to go out to find something to do that could put food on the table for her and her mother-in-law rather than waiting for a hand-out from some in-laws. Ruth, a foreigner (Moabite) quickly went into the field.

Although the Bible does not specifically say so, God directed Ruth’s footsteps to the field of Boaz, and God also directed Boaz’s steps to come to the field that day and at that time that Ruth was picking the stalks of grain in the harvest field.

Ruth 2:2-3 says, So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, ‘Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.’ And she said to her, ‘Go, my daughter.’ Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers. And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech” (New King James Version). Note the phrase “she happened.” Many translations use this phrase. Some use “it happened.” The New Living Translation says, As it turned out.”

Ruth happened to be in the field of Boaz, not that she knew anyone there. People always call that a coincidence. But as somebody said, coincidence is God’s way of making Himself anonymous. I believe that when someone steps out in faith, God meets him or her on the way. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way” (Psalm 37:23 New King James Version). God orders the steps of both good men and good women! But Ruth might not have known that God was ordering her steps. Because of her industry, she was looking for a way to meet her needs and the needs of Naomi; she didn’t know that God was leading her to where she would get a husband!

Many times, unknown to us, God is directing our actions and movements. Sometimes we can think that we are the ones thinking some thoughts but God is the one putting the thoughts in our hearts. Later, we shall realize that God was the one orchestrating events. Ruth’s going to the field of Boaz who later married her didn’t happen by chance; everything worked according to divine plans.

A wise person will commit his way into the hand of the Lord rather than seek to direct his way. Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jeremiah 10:23 New King James Version). Proverbs 3:5-6 says, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (New King James Version).

When you allow God to guide you, you can never go astray. When the Lord is your Shepherd, you cannot lack provision. The shepherd finds good pastures for the sheep to graze and water to drink. There is a ‘Boaz’ that everyone must meet. When you meet your ‘Boaz’, your struggle in life will cease. When you meet your ‘Boaz’, your story will change.

Ruth was industrious. In the field, her industry or diligence was noticed and commended by Boaz’s men. Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, ‘Whose young woman is this’ So the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered and said, ‘It is the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. And she said, ‘Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.’ So she came and has continued from morning until now, though she rested a little in the house” (Ruth 2:5-7 New King James Version).

Boaz’s men acknowledged Ruth’s hard work. They gave a good report of Ruth to Boaz, and Boaz was impressed by this testimonial and the positive report about Ruth’s kindness concerning everything she had done for her mother-in-law since the death of her (Ruth’s) husband. Therefore, Boaz showed her uncommon favour. Then Boaz said to Ruth, ‘You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women. Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn’” (Ruth 2:8-9 New King James Version).

When you meet your ‘Boaz’, you will not eat crumbs but sit at the table with those you didn’t expect. “Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, ‘Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.’ So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched grain to her; and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back” (Ruth 2:14 New King James Version). This is serious!

Ruth ate with Boaz’s reapers. She ate all she wanted and still had some left over! Her status changed. Look at this also: And when she rose up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, ‘Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her.  Also let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her; leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her’” (Ruth 2:15-16 New King James Version). Note the phrase “fall purposely for her.” Something good will fall purposely for you. Ruth enjoyed this favour because of her industry; she was hardworking. She wouldn’t have enjoyed this if she had stayed back at home.

Ruth must no more gather the grain left behind or the free grain but glean from among the sheaves and nobody must stop her. This was not the normal thing but who would overrule Boaz in his field? Favour had taken over. I pray that God will lead you to your ‘Boaz’ in Jesus’ name. He will settle you in your place of fulfilment.

Ruth was industrious. Are you? Ruth didn’t use widowhood as a cover-up for laziness. God hates slothfulness. A lazy person will waste his opportunities and perpetuate his problems. Ruth was not a lazy person. That was why she went into the field to pick stalks of the grain. In the field, her diligence was noticed and commended by Boaz’s men working.  

Ruth was an industrious woman. “So she gleaned in the field until evening, and beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley” (Ruth 2:17 NKJV). Ruth gathered grain in the field until evening. Industry is a good attribute that God is looking for in His children. Industry will promote someone; laziness will destroy him or her.

If Ruth had been lazy, staying at home and waiting for in-laws to pity her and give her something to eat, she wouldn’t have met Boaz who married her. Probably some people today have not seen the answers to their prayers because of laziness. Maybe their failure to add industry to their prayer and fasting is delaying the manifestation of the answers to their prayers or the manifestation of their miracles. Quit slothfulness; embrace industry. Be hardworking. Ruth was industrious. Be industrious.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner, and cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: I repent of slothfulness or laziness. I shall not be lazy. I embrace industry, and God shall prosper my work. Holy Spirit, lead me to those you have prepared to bless me.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

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