Ruth 3,4; Psalms 64,65; 2 Corinthians 6
"The women said to Naomi: ‘Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer …’ Then Naomi took the child, laid him in her lap and cared for him. The women living there said, ‘Naomi has a son.’ And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David." (Ruth 4:13, 16-17)
There's no way in a million years Ruth could have known what God had in store for her. Did she realize how closely her obedience would tie her to David, Israel's greatest king? Would she ever recognize how, through all the horrible circumstances in her life, that her "Kinsman-Redeemer" would be the Messiah? Could she ever comprehend how close she was to royalty when she was gleaning in Boaz's fields?
You and I can't see through to the future. Looking forward is often cloudy and muddled except for one thing: obedience. Obedience is like a sonar. It will not remove obstacles, but it will help you navigate through them. It does have its requirements, however: obedience compels us to live by trust and obedience, not by results and rewards. There are no pre-set guarantees … only promises. And obedience is recognizable. Ruth obeyed Naomi's instructions and kept herself chaste. In an ancient world where begging women were not always connected with virtue, Ruth stands out. She remains true to God's instructions and her mother-in-law's intuition until Boaz recognized her faithfulness and said, “You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor ..."
I wonder how many times I have been close to regal results, but have bailed out too early? Sitting with Ruth, her counsel refreshes my soul and her narration stirs my heart. I will re-enlist my heart to obedience. I seldom know in advance the future outcomes of decisions I made today. But I must obey, regardless of what fears assail me. Obedience is the guide to optimum futures, and today I have been fortunate. I have had the opportunity to travel in the company of Ruth, a beggar turned regal. How heartening it is to have a divine mentor to recount an experience in her past so that I am emboldened to walk into the fullness of my future! Thank you, Ruth!
Dear Father: I know You have my best at heart, and all You ask is that I be obedient, step by step. I renew my heart today. Please forgive me for the many times where I have balked and bailed. Thank You for Your patience toward such a surly saint as I. And at this week after Easter… I thank You for Your obedience at Calvary when all of hell was against You. May I take heart today, knowing that all of heaven is for me!