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III. RUTH’S REALISATION OF GOD’S PROVIDENCE
Up until this point, Naomi did not know who their benefactor was and though Ruth knew his name, she was unaware of his position.
1. Naomi asks an instructive question. “Where hast thou gleaned to day? and where wroughtest thou?” verse 19. This is a good question for parents to ask their children and for each one of us to ask ourselves! A parent’s watch over their children’s activities and a watch exercised by each one of us over our own affairs, would yield great good.
2. Ruth’s answer. “And she shewed her mother in law with whom she had wrought, and said, The man’s name with whom I wrought to day is Boaz,” verse 19. It is clear that Ruth was unaware of the man’s identity. Boaz knew of Ruth but Ruth knew little about Ruth, verse 11.
Here is a reminder of how Christ blesses us while we are still unaware of just Who He is.
3. The providence of God is made known. “And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen,” verse 20. It is clear that Naomi had forgotten about Boaz for is it not likely that had she remembered she would have requested help of him?
Even so we may for Christ and fail to seek Him for help but He will never forget or neglect us.
4. Wise counsel for Ruth. “And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field. So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law,” verses 22-23. Naomi was but encouraging Ruth to obey Boaz, verse 21. Let us all stick close to Christ and His servants, labouring in His fields until the harvest.
Ruth obeyed and in consequence, all that followed sprang from that obedience. Obedience is ever the forerunner of blessing. Haggai 2:18-19.
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city,” Revelation 22:14.