Sunday, January 30, 2011

Showers of Blessing!

“And your God, my God…” Ruth 1:16.

The Lord started to bless Ruth with supernatural prosperity when she spoke these words to Naomi. She accepted Naomi’s God whom she never knew in her life in Moab. The Lord heard these words of Ruth and started to work in her life in supernatural ways which surprised Naomi who already knew the Lord. Naomi was full of bitterness and even complained against God “for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me!” Ruth 1:13. “Do not call me Naomi, call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me” (Ruth 1:20). Truly, let me tell you that there are lots of people I personally know who blame the Lord for their own actions. In my experience, I am proud to say that “MY LORD HAS ONLY BLESSED US AND HE KEEPS ON BLESSING ME AND MY FAMILY.” It is a never ending process until the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

God brought Naomi and Ruth to Jerusalem at the beginning of the barley harvest (Ruth 1:22). He had arranged a field for Ruth to glean. She received supernatural favor from Boaz, the owner of the field who advised her not to go to another field to glean, but to stay close with his young women (Ruth 2:8). Moreover, he commanded the young men not to touch Ruth, but allowed her to drink the water which they had drawn (Ruth 2:9).

Now, Boaz was not satisfied with all this but invited Ruth to have food with him at mealtime. “She ate and was satisfied, and kept some back (Ruth 2:14). We read in Ruth 2:15 how Boaz wanted her to glean among the sheaves. Apart from that Boaz wanted his men to fall grain from the bundles purposely for Ruth (Ruth 2:16). See how the Lord blessed Ruth. You can also have these blessings. The blessings of Ruth changed Naomi’s perspective of God and she says in Ruth 2:20Blessed be of the Lord, who has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!”

Boaz reminds us of Jesus Christ our redeemer who is on the lookout to bless His children. Throughout the book of Ruth we see the supernatural favor of the Lord towards Ruth because she took refuge under the wings of the Lord God. Ruth who started her life in Jerusalem gleaning the field of Boaz ultimately became the owner of the field. We read in Ruth 4:13 “So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife.” Imagine for yourself how the people are going to respect her when she arrives for the next barley harvest.

And moreover, Ruth found place in the genealogy of Jesus Christ by being the great grandmother of King David.

My dear reader, our God is a good God all the time. He simply wants to bless you supernaturally. I encourage you to trust in Him. When you go through the four chapters of Ruth you will find how a poor woman was elevated to be the owner of the field she gleaned. This is applicable to you and me. Just believe!

Be Blessed!

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