THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS


DAILY DEVOTIONS

HI!

The average American family's ambition seems to be to earn as much as they spend!

The best advice for the average American family today: Act your WAGE!
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SCRIPTURE__________________________________

Ruth 2:2
And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn
after him in whose sight I shall find grace.
And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.
KJV
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THOUGHT____________________________________

Before seeing the implications and value of the work Ruth determined to do,
let us learn a little about her person.

Ruth was a Moabitess who had married one of Naomi’s sons.
Naomi’s husband, Elimelech, had decided to leave his native area due to hard times.
As a result, he, his wife, and two sons found residence in the land of the Moabites.

Now, Moabites had been forbidden by God to enter the tabernacle (Deut. 23:3).

MORE “hard times” fell upon Elimelech and his family.
He died.
His two sons married Moabite women.
Then, the two sons died.

Naomi and her daughters had no “provider.”
Naomi decided to go home – back to her native land.
One of Ruth’s daughters-in-law (Orpah) did not go with Naomi.
But Ruth went with her mother-in-law.
Ruth also vowed that Naomi’s “God shall be my God,” and only “death” should part them (Ruth 1:16-17).

After they arrived back in “Bethlehem Judah,” Ruth determined to work and provide for her mother-in-law.
She would go and “glean” from the fields.
This was the “stranger’s” right according to God’s law (Lev. 19:10).
To “glean,” meant that Ruth would have to depend upon what was remaining in the field after the harvesting.

Now, let’s see the value of Ruth’s decision.
She and Naomi were what we might call “dirt poor.”
And, Ruth was forbidden to enter the place of public worship to God.
Among the other people, Naomi was “stigmatized” with her Moabite daughter-in-law.

Yet, God made a way for them!!

Providentially, God’s grace guided Ruth to the fields of Boaz.
Later, Boaz married Ruth.
Their child was named “Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.” (Ruth 4:17)

This “dirt poor,” and spiritually deviant woman avowed love for God and for her mother-in-law.
She was given a good, honest, hard-working husband.
And her great-grandson became king of Israel!!

God still works miracles in the lives of those who choose to serve Him!!

And, "...who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Est 4:14)

No matter WHO you are, or WHAT you have done;
you can be accepted by surrender to Christ as Lord!!
For “Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved!” (Rom. 10:13)

And, no matter how significant you are as a Christian,
if you will WORK for the Lord, He will meet all your needs!!
Matt 11:28 says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Be a gleaner!

Love ya!
Bruce