Naomi asked Ruth where she had gleaned and where she worked and we could ask ourselves the same question, what have we gleaned today? How have I developed in grace, knowledge, or selflessness? Irrespective of what else is going on, God’s sees our work, hears our prayer, and rewards the righteous.
Naomi was given hope when she heard the name ‘Boaz’, meaning ‘in him is strength’. We have every blessing in Messiah (Ephesians 1:13). Naomi had gone from bitterness to blessedness. There is every reason to hope in God because of who He is, what He has done and what He will do.
She confirmed, “This man is a relation of ours, one of our close relatives (Ruth 2:20).”The kinsman-redeemer emerges here since Naomi knows that Boaz is able to save them. Her hope is in him. ‘Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God (Psalm 146:5).’
Few of us will find ourselves harvesting the fields though we can of course show loving kindness to others. There is always a field of influence to show lovingkindness and to be a blessing to others. Pray for this and be willing to be used by the Lord to help others.
Naomi wisely counselled Ruth to stay close to his young women and men. I remember on one occasion going to South Africa to visit a friend and was wisely advised not to wait around in Durban and get picked up at 11pm since it would just not be safe. Little did I know about the risks involved in that time and place.
Moreover Boaz had shown himself gracious so why should Ruth insult him by going to another field to glean? Similarly we should be wary of wandering away from the straight path and venturing off to the wayside.
Ruth remained with her mother in law and gleaned until the end of the Barley and Wheat Harvest. Pray that the Lord will send workers into the harvest and that they will be willing to labour right up until Yeshua returns. After all, the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.