The Cloud of Witnesses
Former title Lessons From the People of the Bible
Lesson 3: Ruth – Reaped What She Sowed
Reaped What She Sowed
Have you noticed that often it is not until after someone has accomplished some great achievement that we find out how much preparation and dedication had been put into it?
I like reading biographies of statesmen and women and other people who have led significant lives. Two of my favourites are Norman Schwarzkopf and Peter De La Billiere. They were the Generals leading the U.S. and British Troops during the successful Desert Storm Gulf War in 1990. However, the thing that stood out the most to me was that if there were ever two people who were totally trained and prepared for such a campaign, it was those two. They were ‘made to measure’ in every way. It was, therefore, of no surprise to me that they won such a stunning victory.
God had been watching Boaz and Ruth all their lives. When He brought them together it was in His perfect will and in His perfect timing. God knew their hearts and that they would be suitable to be a part of His Story on earth. They gave of themselves generously to God so He could use them generously for the world.
Naomi was delighted to learn of Boaz’ kindness. She knew this man would care for Ruth and watch over her. Boaz became not only their provider but also their protector. Out of despair and wretchedness, Naomi and Ruth found grace, peace, joy, love and care. Boaz provided all they needed and restored to them their sense of self-worth and significance. They could face the present with peace and the future with hope. All through both harvests they were supplied with everything they required.
God is our refuge and strength. No matter what circumstances you are facing, never forget God. Just as with Ruth, you may not recognise Him or the significance of what He has planned; however, keep trusting Him to provide for you because He will do so. He is our Provider, our Security, our Strength and our Hope. Leave the outcome and the process to Him – learn to be content with where you are and leave the rest to Him. His ways are always best and the Best is yet to come!
When you are facing the impossible – you have to trust God. When you get to the end of your resources – it’s time to trust God. So no matter the crisis or challenge you are facing today – seek your advice from God and then act upon it – the result is up to Him, so trust Him.
I love it when people come up to me for a prayer for healing and say – the medics have given up – there is nothing more they can do – please will you pray for me? I love it because the outcome has to be God-given then, hasn’t it? Each and all of us have to face challenges and difficulties, which are beyond our capabilities to handle. Some come from our own poor choices or mistakes, others from left field, but no matter where they come from, God is able to bring us through.
We need to hand them over to Him and then trust Him for the deliverance in whatever way He chooses – and in His time. So hang in there – He knows all about your situation and is working out His best result – in you and for you.
Our job is to keep trusting Him and get on with the task in front of us. To work diligently in all we do and leave the outcome to God. He is faithful and just, and will reward us as He has planned, when the time is right.
Ruth would say to us today...
You reap what you sow – it’s a divine principle. If you sow sparingly you will reap sparingly; if you sow generously you will reap generously in due course.
Father, thank You that You have a plan and purpose for my life. Please help me work at what is before me today so that I make the most of all the opportunities You present me with and so fulfil my mission on earth. For Your glory, Amen.
Genesis 45; Psalm 46; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15.
Why does the grass always appear greener on the other side of the fence?
What is the little thing God has asked you to do for the present?
How can you do it better?