Sunday January 27, 2019 – The example Ruth is for us!

Ruth  2:10-12  10 At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?”

I find such delight in reading about Ruth and the ways she responds to the difficulties and reality of her life.  She has wonderful attitudes; she works hard; she loves Naomi and cares for her; by doing the right things, she is blessed by the Lord.  What an example her story is for us!  In spite of all the difficulty in the situation she and Naomi found themselves in, she was simply concerned with caring for Naomi and making their situation better.

The quality of Ruth’s life was recognized by those around her and by Boaz who she encounters in today’s verse: 11 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. 12May 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.” 

Proverbs 13:9a says, “The light of righteousness shines brightly,” How true this was of Ruth!  Her reputation preceded her and the quality of her life was apparent to those around her.  Boaz’s comment about her taking refuge under the wings of the LORD, the God of Israel, is a picture of God’s protection.  By doing the ‘right things’, Ruth put herself into a position to encounter God’s best for her.

God led Ruth to Boaz’s field, where she was safe. The timing of Boaz’s arrival on this day was perfect for her.  The Lord caused her to find favor with him and he became God’s ‘hands extended’ to her, to protect her and provide for both Naomi and her.

Isn’t Ruth’s life and Boaz’s response a perfect illustration of Matthew 5:15?  “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  The simple reality of our lives is that God wants others to see Him when they observe us!

The Lord loves right attitudes.  He loves the right and appropriate things that we do.  He loves to provide his blessing and protection to us.  He loves to guide us in the path of righteousness that He has for us.  He loves to see His plan unfold in our lives.  He loves it when we love Him.  No matter what difficulties we find ourselves in, He is for us and with us.  May our lives ever reflect these wondrous realities!

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About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Three years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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