Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen
Ruth Meets Boaz
1 Now Naomi had a relative on her husband's side, from the clan of Elimelech, a man of standing, whose name was Boaz.
2 And Ruth the Moabitess 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 and began to glean in the fields behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she found herself working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelech.
4 Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, "The LORD be with you!" "The LORD bless you!" they called back.
5 Boaz asked the foreman of his harvesters, "Whose young woman is that?"
6 The foreman replied, "She is the Moabitess who came back from Moab with Naomi. 7 She said, 'Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.' She went into the field and has worked steadily from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter."
8 So Boaz said to Ruth, "My daughter, listen to me. Don't go and glean in another field and don't go away from here. Stay here with my servant girls.
Jewish law stated that the corners of every field should not be harvested by the owners. This had two purposes; first was a form of soil conservation. The entire field would not be cut at once, so there would be less wind erosion. This was also a form of early welfare. The poor would come after the harvesters and harvest these leftovers, as well as picking out the grain that had fallen in the dirt as the harvesters hand cut and bound each bail of stalks, (shocks.) This helped give the poor that followed the harvest food. The law was very specific about the handling of the harvest so that there would be grain left for this purpose.
Ruth was a foreigner in a strange land. Instead of waiting for things to happen, she immediately went to work to make things better. Gleaning the fields was a very demeaning job, literally picking up the scraps, but Ruth knew she needed to do whatever she could to help her and her mother in law.
She attracted Boaz, and he offered her a job. He could tell she was a hustler, plus she was a young widow, so she was available.
What do we do when we come to change in our lives. Do we patiently wait for good fortune? Or do we go out and do what ever we can to bring good fortune to us?
Prayer- Lord, help us be eager in our work for You. When we come to unknown times, help us to immediately work to make things better. Go- Fight-Win. Amen.