FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 2/22/2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 2/22/2013
Pursued By Grace Series
GOOD NEWS FROM THE FIELD OF GRACE, Lesson 7a
Ruth, the Moabitess, has gone to the field of Boaz to glean barley. While she was there, she met the owner of the field. She caught his eye. She ate lunch at his table and he personally served her the food. When she left the field that day, she left with more than she bargained for. She returns home that evening weary and tired from her labors, but she has a tale to tell. All day, her mother-in-law Naomi would have been waiting for her to return with enough grain for a little meal. When Ruth does return, she is loaded down with enough grain to last them a week. Not only does she have grain, but she has some good news to tell as well.
I want to share that good news with you today. It is news that we all need to hear, because this Good News From The Field Of Grace will help each of us to grow in our own walk with the Lord. There are some mighty big truths here for those willing to grab hold of them today. Allow me to share with you this “Good News From The Field Of Grace”.
V. 17-18 GOOD NEWS ABOUT THEIR PROVISIONS
V. 17 Provisions That Were Designed To Satisfy - When Ruth returns home, she has 25lbs of barley. This is more than enough to feed these 2 women for a week. She went looking for enough for one meal and returned with enough to feed them for a week. Boaz wanted her to get so much in his field that she would never even dream of gleaning anywhere else. Our Heavenly Father is determined to bless His people, (Eph. 1:3). He wants to give you so much that you will never think of going anywhere else to glean. Ruth's words to Naomi in (verse 21) serve to show them that the blessings would continue until the end of the harvest. The Lord doesn't intend to stop blessing you until you leave this world. Then, the real blessings begin, (Eph. 2:7)!
V. 18 Provisions That Were Designed To Show - Can you see Ruth as she throws that 25lb across her should and heads into the city? Everyone who sees her pass by knows that she is that Moab girl. They know she has nothing and by now most of them know she has gone to the field of Boaz to glean. They can see that she has a received a blessing, as they watched her go past them. It might be that Boaz was making a statement to the community. That sack of grain trumpeted, "I've got my eye on Ruth, and I'm going to be a blessing to her life." God's blessings in your life are designed to show a lost world just how good God is. He blesses His people to create a desire for Him in the hearts those who do not know Him. That is why He gives us grace for living. He wants to use us as living testimonies to His grace, His power and His glory, (Matt. 5:16). As we live out the real blessings of God, the world is going to be affected by God's work in us! What are the real blessings of God? "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." (Gal. 5:22-23)! A child of God who displays these graces in his or her life is a child of God who walks in victory!
V. 18 Provisions That Were Designed To Share - Not only does she share the bounty of her provision with Naomi, but she also shares the remaining part of her portion that she was given by Boaz in verse 14. Ruth isn't selfish, she wants to share what she has with Naomi. We are not to simply horde up the blessings of the Lord, but we are to share them with others. Whatever we have been blessed with by God has been given to us to use for His glory. Whether it be a talent, God's truth, a gift, financial resources, etc. His blessings are given to us so that we might share them with others.
Ruth got what she did because she was willing to work for it! She gleaned and she got! The same is true in spiritual matters! You get out of something about as much as you put into it! Whether it be prayer, worship or just victory in your daily life, it isn't for the lazy! God's best is reserved for those who are willing to deny themselves, take up His cross daily and follow Him, (Matt. 16:24).
Proverbs 24:3-4 (New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
4 By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.
“Where He Leads I’ll Follow” By: William A. Ogden (1885)
Sweet are the promises, kind is the word
Dearer far than any message man ever heard
Pure was the mind of Christ, sinless, I see
He the great example is, and pattern for me
Where He leads I'll follow
Follow all the way
Follow Jesus ev'ry day
Sweet is the tender love Jesus hath shown
Sweeter far than any love that mortals have known
Kind to the erring one, faithful is He
He the great example is, and pattern for me
List to His loving words, "Come unto me!"
Weary, heavyladen, there is sweet rest for thee
Trust in His promises, faithful and sure
Lean upon the Savior and thy soul is secure
Merciful and Loving Father, God of all grace and hope. Hear our prayers for deliverance. Remind us of Your prayerful tears You shed on our behalf. Reveal Your Majestic presence that we may truly hear Your Words of reassurance and grace. Speak to our hearts and purify us in Your righteousness through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Help us to understand that we do not struggle alone in this world against the evil one and the wickedness of this world. Let Jesus be our strength and hope; let Him be our guide and our way to Your glory and praise. These things we ask and pray in His mighty name. Amen!
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