Thursday, March 07, 2013
RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 3/7/2013
Pursued By Grace Series
FINDING YOUR PLACE AT HIS FEET, Lesson 11c
V. 10-11 THE PROMISES RECEIVED AT HIS FEET
V. 10a He Received Her - Imagine the fears that must have occupied her mind as she lay there. "What if he rejects me?" "What if he misinterprets my actions?" "What if he publically humiliates me?" "What if he drives me away and refuses to have anything further to do with me?" She needed not worry, for when Boaz speaks he says "Fear not!" Boaz wanted to be close to her too, as much as she did! You need never fear Jesus turning you away! He loves you too much to do that, (John 6:37). When you come to Him humbly, honestly, openly and willingly, you will get what you come after. If you need salvation, you can get it at His feet. If it is a closer walk that is your goal, you will find it at His feet. You need not fear rejection, but you should prepare for a big change of life!
V. 11b He Reassured Her - Boaz responds to Ruth's request by telling her that he will do everything necessary to see that they are together. He will take care of all the matters involved. She had been told that if she could just get to his feet, he would tell her what to do, (v. 4). She got there and she was told to trust Boaz, he would see to all the details! What a truth! If we can ever just get to His feet, we will find that He is willing to do everything to see to it that our relationship is everything that it should be. You see, all the Lord wants from us is our obedient love. He wants us to be at His feet. When we are there, He will take care of all the details of life, (Matt. 6:25-33). By the way, His name is still Jehovah-Jireh, (Gen 22:14). Those who are at His feet know that they can simply trust Him to see to all the details of life!
V. 10, 11c He Rejoiced Over Her - Boaz praises Ruth for her love for him and for her godly lifestyle. Her behavior and godly life have worked together to bring all this to pass for her. The smile of the Savior is the great reward for those who pay the price to get themselves at his feet. Regardless of the price, regardless of the effort, His smile, His blessings, and His closeness are worth it all! You see, nothing gives Him more pleasure than being able to take your life and mine, hold it out before the world and say, "This is what I can do with a life laid at my feet!"; (Eph. 2:10; 2 Cor. 4:7).
Conc: When Ruth made the effort to get at the feet of Boaz, everything in her life changed. Our heavenly God, the Lord Jesus Christ, can and will do the same for you, if you will get at His feet. Who possesses the courage and the resolve to move from where you are right now to get to His feet? If you have never been to His feet, then I invite you to come right now for salvation. If you have been there and have wandered away, then I invite you to return to His feet and rediscover the blessings that can only be found there. If you are at His feet right now, then I invite you to come before Him, thank Him for allowing you to be there and ask Him to help you remain as close to Him as you need to be.
Romans 9:26 (New King James Version (NKJV)
26 “And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,
‘You are not My people,’
There they shall be called sons of the living God.”
“God Holds The Future In His Hands” By: James Rowe (1922)
Dread not the things that are ahead,
The burdens great, the sinking sands,
The thorns that o’er the path are spread,
God holds the future in His hands.
God holds the future in His hands
And every heart He understands.
On Him depend,
He is your Friend,
He holds the future in His hands.
We know not what tomorrow hides,
Of sun or storm or good or ill;
We only know His dear hand guides,
And He will be our Father still.
His hand created earth and sky,
The zephyrs and the storms that rage,
And years to come and years gone by
To Him are but an open page.
Live close to Him and trust His love,
Assured that while on earth we roam,
Whate’er may come, He bends above
To guide His children safely home.
Father of all Humanity, God of Love, Grace and Mercy! Prompt our spirit to hear, believe and obey Your Word. Help us to always walk closely with You so we may never fail to recognize You prompting our spirit. Enable us to not only to identify it, but also never to ignore it. Help us to trust and act on Your prompting. Grant us peace so we can hear even the faintest whisper to our hearts above all the noises of this world. Keep us from becoming dull of hearing. Attune our hearts to Your voice. Leads us in the paths of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is in His wonderful name that we pray and ask these things. Am,en!
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