FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 2/21/2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 2/21/2013
Pursued By Grace
IN THE FIELD OF GRACE, Lesson 6b
V. 10-14 HIS COMFORTING WORK
V. 10 Her Amazement - Ruth finds herself humbled by his grace. There are times when the thought of what He has done for you and me is overwhelming! (Phil. 2:5-11; Isa. 53:1-12). Does grace still amaze you?
V. 11-12 His Announcement - Boaz tells Ruth that he knows about her deeds and he knows about her faith in the Lord. He prays that she will receive a full reward for the service she rendered to Naomi! Just a word here for the struggling saint! Friend, people may call into question your actions and your motives, but the Lord knows your heart, (1 Sam. 16:7). One day, there will be a full reward given to the faithful child of God, (2 Tim. 4:6-8)!
V. 13 Her Appeal - She is still looking for grace and doesn't even realize that she has walked right into the middle of a field full of grace! She just wants to "please him." He has been good to her and she wants to do that which pleases him. This needs to be the goal of every child of God! Stop trying to live pleasing to everybody in the world and just live to please the Lord! Friend, that will make your life real simple, real fast! He is already pleased when we give ourselves to Him. We are as righteous as we are ever going to be in Him, (1 Cor. 6:9-11). However, day by day, we need to live our lives in such a way that we please the Lord. How? By loving Him, worshiping Him, and by putting Him ahead of everything else in this world.
V. 14 His Acceptance - There are a few things that Boaz did in this verse that prove beyond all doubts that Ruth found favor in his eyes.
He Sat With Her - He invited her to join him at the meal table and sat close enough to her to pass the corn. He didn't care about her past. She had captured his heart. You past is no barrier between you and the Lord, when it has been dealt within salvation. You are brought into a position of nearness to Him. John at the last supper, sat close enough to feel the breath of the Lord on his head, (John 13:25). Jesus sits with us today!
He Supped With Her - He allowed her to dip her bread in his vinegar. This was an intimate meal! This speaks of close fellowship. There are times in life when the Lord will "sup" with His children, (Rev. 3:20). He desires that we be close to Him so that He might fill our lives with His best!
He Sufficed Her - When Ruth left that table she was satisfied! There is no need for any child of God to be unfulfilled as a believer. The Lord has provided all the resources we need to fill us above measure with His goodness and glory. Our duty is to receive what He gives us and to enjoy it to the full! We have already been blessed to the full, (Eph. 1:3). There is no excuse for defeat and dissatisfaction in the Christian life.
V. 15-17 HIS CONCEALING WORK
After Ruth left the table, Boaz continued to work in her absence. He was even working behind her back to take care of her.
A Work Of Providence - He made some decisions behind the scenes that affected her life. He was working for her good, even when she did not know it! The Lord is always working behind the scenes in your life and mine to bring about His best for us. This is called Sovereignty and Providence. (Joseph is an example in (Gen. 50:20).
A Work Of Provision - Boaz commanded his men to drop "handfuls on purpose." Why? He wanted Ruth to get so much in his field that she would not want to go anywhere else! That is how the Lord operates on our behalf! He is so good to His children, that no one in their right spiritual mind would ever consider gleaning anywhere else. Praise God for His "Handfuls on Purpose", those times when He blesses you just because He can!
A Work Of Plenty - When Ruth left that day, she left carrying a half-bushel of grain. That’s more than enough to feed them for a week. There are times in life when the Lord will simply load your wagon! He will give you more than you need.
Conc: Ruth had no worries when she was in the field of grace. No one harassed her, no one hindered her. She rested when she was weary. She ate when she was hungry. She drank when she was thirsty. Every need was met by Boaz. Friend, when you are saved and are gleaning in the field of the Lord's grace, you will find all you need. Are you in that field? Are you gleaning in that field? Would you like to get into that field? If so, there's still plenty to go around in the field of grace owned by our heavenly Father. If you need grace, you come to Him. In His presence, you will find all you will ever need!
Ezekiel 1:28 (New King James Version (NKJV)
28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.
“His Grace Reaches Me” By: Whitey Gleason (1964)
Deeper than the ocean
and wider than the sea
is the grace of the Savior
for sinners like me
Sent from the Father
and it thrills my soul
Just to feel and to know
That His blood makes me whole
His grace reaches me
Yes, His grace reaches me
And ‘twill last thru eternity
Now I'm under His control
and I'm happy in my soul
Just to know
that His grace reaches me
Higher than the mountain
and brighter than the sun
it was offered at Calv'ry
for ev'ry one
Greatest of treasures
and it's mine today
Tho' my sins were as scarlet
He has washed them away
Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou, our Heavenly Father, God of all Creation, Lord of lords, and King of kings, worthy art Thou of all our praises. We bow down before You as we worship You, thanking You that You are Perfect, and Lovely, and pure, and wonderful. The beauty of Your holiness is awesome beyond words. Thank You for wanting to impart Your holiness to us. Let Your holiness penetrate our lives and make us pure of all our un-holiness and unrighteousness. You called us not to uncleanness but to holiness. Show us the way of holiness through Jesus, our Savior, through His Word and through Your indwelling Spirit. These things we pray in His glorious name. Amen!
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