A promise is coveted, a holy desire we all hope and pray to receive. Although, with promise comes diligent patience and whole-hearted faith in the waiting. Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi had been awaiting the day the Lord would redeem them. From the loss of their husbands, and Naomi, her sons, these women would find hope in the fields of Boaz.
Every morning the sun rose, so would Ruth. She worked long hours gleaning the fields of grain, all the while Boaz keeping his affectionate eyes on her. Ruth did not travel from Moab to Bethlehem by happen chance, as we know our God doesn’t work on luck. Ruth and Naomi arrived in Bethlehem at the time of barley harvest, Ruth would later find to bring redemption.
The favor of the Lord shone on Ruth. Her life was forever changed from the moment she stepped foot into Bethlehem. Her promise? A new beginning at a family and to bear a son, who would become a generation within the line of David.
Following the night Ruth made her desires known to Boaz, he claimed the land of Naomi and Ruth’s hand, gaining the inheritance of her late husband, Mahlon.
“Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, ‘You are witnesses today that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilean and Mahlon. Moreover, I have acquired Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, to be my wife in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance, so that the name of the deceased will not be cut off from his brothers or from the court of his birth place; you are witnesses today.’”
From a widow with nearly nothing to her name to a beautiful bride of a wealthy man, God gave Ruth her promise. In turn, Naomi was given the gift of a grandchild, one that would continue the legacy of her late husband’s name and secure a sure roof over her head.
“Then the women said to Naomi, ‘Blessed is the Lord who has not left you without a redeemer today, and may his name become famous in Israel. May he also be to you a restorer of life and a sustainer of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.’”
How does your story relate to that of Ruth’s? God has made you a promise. Whether you know what that promise is or not, He intends to keep it and give it to you in due time. However, waiting is not in our nature. We cannot find it within ourselves to be patient, instead we must go to the source. Ruth and Naomi knew their redemption was just around the corner, although they never knew the time in which it would come. Their hope remained steadfast and Ruth would humbly find herself in the field each day until God brought her out of it.
What field does the Lord have you in? You may feel as if you’re tirelessly working towards no reward, but let me reassure you of the God who never goes back on His word. Go into the field with an attitude of, “This is the work I must do before the Lord will bestow His promise over me.” Like Ruth married into hers, you will find redemption in yours. Let the love of God wash over you and let the peace of His spirit bring you rest. Working in the waiting doesn’t have to be laborious, for there is joy found in what lies ahead.
Your groom is oh, so patiently waiting to take your hand and deliver you from whatever you may be walking through. Although, only He knows the time in which you’re ready to follow. Trust His wisdom and believe in His affection for you because you are a rarity. He just can’t wait to give you everything you’ve been dreaming of.
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