Then Boaz said to Ruth, “You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women.
Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.”
So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favour in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”
[Ruth 2:8-10 NKJV]
This is a crucial part in Ruth’s story. She was ‘a stranger in a strange land’, but was prepared to do what was necessary to play her part and be accepted. Boaz encourages her to concentrate on one particular field for her work, but she cannot understand why he should help her so.
These verses are an illustration of our coming to faith and how the Lord responds to our willingness to follow where He leads. Boaz represents the Lord and wants us to see His field, the spiritual place in which He can guide and protect us. If we choose another way, or field, we will not come to know Him. This field we are shown, often feels unfamiliar, threatening even, and we wonder why we are being offered such favour. He is looking for us to trust Him so that we may obtain our reward for our work. We see this in the next verses ...
And Boaz answered and said to her, “It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.” [Ruth 2:11-12]
When we find ourselves drawn to The Lord, the eyes of our understanding are opened to a new ‘field of vision’. He wants to bring us closer, creating a thirst for more of Him, so that we will ‘not go to glean in another field’.
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Thursday 4th June 2020
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