So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning. Ruth 1:22
When Naomi arrived in Bethlehem after living in Moab for ten years I know she never thought she would be coming back without her husband and two sons. Instead, she came back with her Moabite daughter-in-law, Ruth, which is even stranger still. For Naomi things looked bad. Bitter and empty, she is destined for a life of poverty.
All of us have walked through some hard places. There have been circumstances in my life that have caused me to feel like Naomi; bitter and empty. Wondering what am I going to do and how am I going to get through this. When things get hard it is especially good to have friends who will come along beside you and remind you that God has a plan. Trust Him.
In spite of the facts that Ruth had no guaranty of what her future would look like. Ruth arrived in Bethlehem hopeful; even with no promise of a husband or a child. She made a decision that she was going to follow Naomi’s God, the God of Israel, and she was never going back to the life she had in Moab. God took her heart toward Him and poured in His grace and covering over her. God’s plan was for Ruth the gentile to marry Boaz the wealthy Jewish land owner, who would be the redeemer of both Naomi and Ruth.
My favorite part of the love story between Ruth and Boaz is at the threshing floor.
“In the middle of the night something startled the man, and he turned and discovered a woman lying at his feet. “Who are you?” he asked. “I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.” Ruth 3:8-9
What she is saying to him is will you take the promises of God and will you cover me and make me one of His. Will you marry me? That’s bold.
But you know it is bold to say to the spotless Lamb of God will you come into my life and will you be my Lord and my Savior. Just knowing who I am will you cover me with the promises of the presence of God? That’s bold and we do it by faith.
Ruth did it because Naomi told her to do it. She followed Naomi’s directions exactly. If we will follow the directions of the Holy Spirit exactly, it may seem bold, it may even seem foolish sometimes, but if we are following the directions of God the Holy Spirit we are bringing to pass God’s will.
And God’s will was… for Ruth to marry Boaz, and have a son who would make Naomi’s life full again. Ruth would have a great grandson, David who would become a man after God’s own heart. Who would pray this prayer;
“Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds. Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.” Psalm 72:18
And through David, Ruth would become an ancestor of Jesus Christ.
God had a plan for Ruth just as He has a plan for each of our lives, and it is bigger than we could ever imagine.
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Cheryl Crawford is a daughter of the Most High King, saved by grace. Her degree and field of work are in accounting, but would trade it all to farm if she could. She enjoys reading, writing, gardening, SEC football and playing cards with friends. Cheryl is a natural organizer with a heart that loves to serve. You can read more about Cheryl on her BoP bio.