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Humility and Obedience: A Servant’s Heart

 “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.” (the words of Boaz) Ruth 2:12

Now that Naomi and Ruth were back in Naomi’s hometown, they needed to make a living.  It was no coincidence that they came during the barley harvest. Ruth was ready to do whatever she could to bring in provision.  God in His providence moved Ruth to the field of a wealthy man named Boaz.  The scriptures say that she “happened to be in the portion of land belonging to Boaz, who was from Elimelech’s family” (2:3).  Her plan was to go behind the harvesters and glean what they dropped from their baskets.  She worked hard from morning to evening.  She did not escape the notice of Boaz.  Her testimony of love and kindness to Naomi was well known.  The fact that she was a Moabitess woman did not keep Boaz from blessing her. He was impressed with her character and her fear of God. He saw to it that she was protected from harm and that she got all she needed.

Her humility and obedience opened the door to greater wealth than she could ever imagine.  She did not go to the field because it belonged to a rich man and she was hoping to snare a husband.  She went in humility to work and bring home provision for her and her mother-in-law. She was willing to serve, to do whatever it took to care for Naomi.  She was young and strong and worked hard.  After she received a blessing from Boaz, she returned home and told Naomi about her day.  Naomi was delighted she had come upon the field of her near kinsman, who was obligated to take care of her now that her husband and sons were gone.  God was opening new doors for both Ruth and Naomi.

It is no secret that God blesses and uplifts the humble.  When we give our lives to Him, we are casting aside our own rights and comfort to fulfill His will.  That takes humility.  Humility is putting aside self-interest for the blessing of others.  This gives God room to work and bring blessing to all those around us.  God takes care of those who surrender to Him, just as Ruth was able to feed on the provisions she gleaned.

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Matthew 20:28           


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