Ruth had no idea what God had in mind. She left her family and returned to Bethlehem with Naomi—her dead husband’s mom. She committed not only to follow Naomi, but also to follow the Lord. Job one was to provide for Naomi. She decided to do the only thing she could—pick up the left over wheat—Gleaning the field. She had no plans except to trust God to provide. She ended up in a field owned by Boaz. Boaz admired Ruth for her care of Naomi and her work ethic. The result was that he allowed Ruth free reign in gathering what she needed to survive and even made it pleasant for her. Her faithfulness was rewarded.
God watches as we fill our days. He sees our selfless nature and work ethic and seeks, like Boaz, to meet our needs. Ruth was not serving to earn Boaz blessing; nor—are we performing to earn God’s favor. The simple fact is that we love to bless those who are selfless, those that do everything in a manner that is worthy of the gospel. So does our Father take joy in the blessing of his kids that model that character. As we endeavor to become like Christ, we “Glean” many of his blessings he wants for us. Help me, Lord to glean the fruits of your spirit and the blessings of your hand.
God Bless You
22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning. Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek, whose name was Boaz.2 And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.”
Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” 3 So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek.4 Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The Lord be with you!” “The Lord bless you!” they answered.
5 Boaz asked the overseer of his harvesters, “Who does that young woman belong to?”
6 The overseer replied, “She is the Moabite who came back from Moab with Naomi. 7 She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.’ She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.”