Today I want to highlight 3 things in Ruth chapter 2 that bare highlighting and storing deep in my soul.
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3 Characteristics of a godly woman
#1 – Takes Initiative
Ruth is a widow. In those days, in that culture, widows were basically helpless to care for themselves and usually suffered for it. In her case, Ruth saw an opportunity to provide for Naomi and herself, and she took it.
“One day, Ruth said to Naomi, “Perhaps I can go out into the fields of some kind of man and glean the free grain behind his reapers.” Ruth 2:2 TLB
Note: She didn’t have ego issues or a spirit of entitlement, so she never tried to get ahead of the reapers, or even ask that I can tell -due to her character. She stayed behind, being grateful for what was available.
#2 – Has Integrity
Ruth was a hard worker. She had the ability to do more than what she was doing. She was the type of person who could do whatever she set her mind to. She was a survivor who was on her way to thriver, as we would say. Yet, as she gleaned the fields faithfully and as tiring, menial and degrading as this job of following the paid workers was, she continued on through the harvest season.
“She asked me this morning if she could pick up the grains dropped by the reapers, and she has been at it ever since except for a few minutes rest over there in the shade.” Ruth 2:7 TLB
Note: She never assumed what was free was hers to take, but instead asked the owner first.
#3 – Has Humility
Ruth was a hard worker doing a job that most paid people would probably scoff at or think down upon. This did not stop her from doing what needed to be done. Sounds like Jesus huh?
“Boaz went over and talked to her. “Listen, my child,” he said to her. “Stay right here with us to glean; don’t think of going to any other fields. Stay right behind my women workers; I have warned the young men not to bother you; when you are thirsty, go and help yourself to the water.” She thanked him warmly, “How can yo be so kind to me? You must know that I am only a foreigner.” Ruth 2:8-11 TLB
Note: Ruth did not think herself something so special that she deserved special treatment. But what if she had considered herself too ______ to go glean in the fields of Boaz? She would have missed this chance to meet him and have her life changed and becoming the ancestor of Kind David and the Messiah!
Ruth’s reputation proceeded her. She was not known just by the fact that she was just a foreigner. She was known by her godly characteristics which were consistent in every area of her life.
This how Boaz replied to her when she said, “I am only a foreigner.”
“Yes, I know, Boaz replied, “and I also know about all the love and kindness you have shown your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you left your father and mother in your own land and have come here to live among strangers. May the Lord God of Israel, under whose wins you have come to take refuge, bless you for it.” Ruth 2:11-12 TLB
Sometimes when I size myself up against a godly woman such as Ruth, I get intimidated and think, “How am I supposed to do this? I have a hard time with a, b, and c, God. I feel like I will never change!”
But every time I have come before God and shared my true feelings with him, my weaknesses and my temptations, my mess ups and my wrong thoughts, I always leave prayer feeling stronger and more confident -because I know it is now in His hands. That He will help me. I am not left to change my old ways on my own. –Tweet this
Today, friend, know that if you struggle with one of these areas, or other areas of your life that aren’t appearing godly but rather a weakness or a bad habit that needs to be turned around…He is faithful and will help you in due time, if you only ask. In His gentle mercy, He runs this race with us at a pace we can handle. – Tweet This
- Pray about an area in your life that needs work or where you need more accountability and watch Him begin working in you and your life.
- Journal it down to keep record of your issue area and your growth there
By admitting we need help in these areas and choosing to do something about it rather than turn a blind eye and hope for the best, we are taking initiative.
“If you will do what you can do, God will do what you can’t do.” – Joyce Meyer
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