What was it about Ruth?
Ruth: Ruth fell at his feet and thanked him warmly. "What have I done to deserve such kindness?" she asked. "I am only a foreigner."
Boaz: "Yes, I know," Boaz replied. "But I also know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I have heard how you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers. 12. May the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done."
Ruth: "I hope I continue to please you, sir," she replied. "You have comforted me by speaking so kindly to me, even though I am not one of your workers."At mealtime Boaz called to her, "Come over here, and help yourself to some food. You can dip your bread in the sour wine." So she sat with his harvesters, and Boaz gave her some roasted grain to eat. She ate all she wanted and still had some left over.
I notice Ruth had a reputation so fly that Boaz was extremely kind to her on the strength of her reputation alone. I think this small portion of Ruth's story exemplifies the truth of Proverbs 31:30, 31 "Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised. 31 Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise."
I really have to walk slow through these verses because this is AMAZING! I honestly hope and pray I can grow in character and godliness to the extent that Ruth did. There is something very pleasant about the thought of me being so faithful, loyal, and diligent that my reputation will testify of my devotion to Messiah.
Ruth is humble. She expresses genuine appreciation for the honor Boaz bestows on her. I think I can analyze this short passage of Scripture a little more.
Ruth came through crises and hardship. She lost her husband and several in-laws in a short period of time, BUT she was selfless. She became known for what she did for Naomi by sticking with her instead of pursuing a future that looked more promising for herself. She could have let Naomi travel alone back to hometown. Ruth could have went back to her family and started a new life with higher chances of finding a new husband and having children. Ruth did not put those desires above her desire for Naomi's well-being.
When Naomi was vulnerable and alone Ruth saw no other option than to stay by her side and serve her as a faithful daughter and friend. The beauty about Ruth is I can see her heart reflected in her actions. Her deeds were from a heart of love rather than a quest for recognition. There is so much about Ruth to take note of.
I'd like to spend some time meditating on these verses throughout the week. I'm a student sitting in a posture of learning from this Titus 2 role model.
Good character is a delicate beauty that speaks volumes.
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