How are your circumstances affecting your relationship with the Lord?
On Ruth chapter 1, we saw Naomi, was bitter with the Lord because of the trials she was experiencing in her life.
We see a woman that had completely given up, and returned to her homeland in shame.
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Are you a Ruth or a Naomi?
Like Naomi, Ruth knew that whether they were in Bethlehem or in Moab, they would starve if they remained idle. However unlike her mother-in-law, Ruth stepped out in faith and chose to trust God despite the circumstance.
He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing.
Deuteronomy 10:18 (NKJV)
Last week I mentioned I’m a take charge kind of girl, but I’m ashamed to admit that these last few weeks, I’ve been more of a Naomi. When my circumstances changed I panicked.
Like Naomi, for a few moments I forgot who God is. And like Ruth, a younger sister in Christ reminded me of what I knew all along.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 18:2 (NKJV)
Verse 3 tells us that Ruth “happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz”, but we know Ruth did not arrive there by chance. The Lord led her there. Furthermore, once Boaz realized who she was, he offered provision and protection, for he knew Ruth was in danger since she was a foreigner.
Verse 11 says that what Ruth had done for her mother-in-law had been fully reported to Boaz. Had Boaz asked around? Had he been keeping track of his relative without her knowing?
Surely Boaz was a man of God, and had kept close watch of their circumstances with the intention of providing for them.
But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
1 Timothy 5:8 (NKJV)
Boaz knew from his encounter with Ruth, that she would not take advantage of his favor, and that she would only take what had fallen to the ground. Boaz even instructs his men to purposely let the grain drop, so Ruth’s portion would be increased.
A Picture of Grace
As I mentioned, our family has gone through a series of trials this year, and the bitterness and “why me” attitude consumed my thoughts for longer than I’d like to admit.
Like Ruth and Naomi, after a period of loss, we’ve been in a place of uncertainty. Do we stay in a place where every door seems to be closing? Or should we interpret the closing of doors as a sign that it is time to move on?
Regardless of our circumstance, we are praying and waiting on the Lord to guide our next step.
Are you there too?
I believe that like Boaz, the Lord has been keeping a close watch on our situation. He has heard our cry, He sees our need, and He intends to provide.
Like Ruth, however, we need to be pure of heart, and willing to trust completely, for He is our fortress, our deliverer, our strength, our shield and our stronghold.
 Warren Wiersbe, Be Committed. Pg. 33.