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God Is Dropping Handfuls Of Blessings, On Purpose
Seed Produces Harvest
Ruth 1: 11-17,
And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: Why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope,if I should have an husband also tonight, and should also bear sons; Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it greiveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me. And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clave unto her. And she said, Behold, thy sister-in-law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister-in-law. And Ruth said, " Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and whither thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, I will die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me."
There are two very beautiful stories of genuine love in the bible that really impresses me. One is the story of the love shared between Jonathan ( Son of Saul) and David. The love shared between these two men confuses the spirit of many immature believer's. Many see the love shared between David and Jonathan as a love bordered on homosexuality, because David proclaimed that their love was more than that of a woman.
Then there is the love and devotion that Ruth shares with her mother-in-law, Naomi.
Elimelech, Naomi's husband brought his family from Bethlehem to Moab during a severe famine. Naomi and Elimelech had two sons, Mahlon and Chilion. We are not told of the duration of time, but we are told that Naomi's husband, Elimelech died. Mahlon and Chilion took wives for themselves from among the women of Moab, and dwelled there for another ten years. In those days, a woman not having a husband depended upon her sons for her support, because a woman was not allowed to work. After ten years we are told that both her sons were dead, and she was left with only her daughters-in-law. Naomi found herself being a stranger in a foreign land, without a husband, and without any visible means of support.
When Naomi heard that there was bread in Bethlehem, she made the decision to go back to her own people, and live out her old age. Orpah, gave diligent thought to following Naomi, but changed her mind and remained in her homeland. But Ruth, made a devoted committment to follow Naomi, though she knew that her decision would change the whole of her life as it had been. Ruth knew of Naomi's God.
Somewhere it was said that the best sermons didn't come from the pulpit, rather, they came from a person walking out their conviction.
Naomi must have walked out the Love of God in her house. For when it was time for Naomi to depart from Moab, Ruth told her, " I'll go where you go, I'll live where you live, I'll die where you die, your people shall be my people, and your God shall be my God. And nothing but death shall separate us.
Ruth made the trip to Bethlehem with her mother-in-law. She knew that in order for them to survive, since neither of them had a husband, that she would have to go out into the fields to glean whatever she could find after the reapers. She knew that she would be shunned, talked down to, ostracized, and persecuted. She knew that she was noted for being a foreigner among the inhabitants of Bethlehem, but her main concern was caring for the old lady, Naomi.
After some time, gleaning along the edges of the fields, she came to a field owned by Boaz. Boaz noticed this young girl out in the fields every day, gleaning behind his reapers, and had compassion on her.
God Rewards Diligence
Ruth 2: 14-16,
And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left. And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not: " And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her , and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not."
When Boaz noticed Ruth, and it was mad e known to him that she was the daughter-in-law of Naomi, Boaz made room for her in his fields. Boaz commanded that she not be ill-treated, but rather be given the same provisions as the other reapers. He knew how hard she worked out in the fields, gleaning everyday under to heat and glare of the midday sun, to provide for Naomi and herself, the same as a son would for his mother. Boaz allowed for Ruth to come and eat with him, at his own table, and to share his own food.
But Boaz also told the reapers, " Leave some for her on purpose."
I know and understand that our present economy is sluggish, and there seems to be no true indications of a strong rebound. I know we are in a day where many people are losing homes, jobs, and automobiles. We are in a time of severe hardship, and many, even seasoned Saints are losing hope. But we are also living in a time where God is dropping handfuls for us on purpose.
God is providing for many of us in that Ruth sort of way, just dropping handfuls of blessings for us on purpose. God rewards diligence and devotion. And sometimes we need to be reminded, to just keep gleaning. We need to be reminded to go on with our daily occupation, thanking and praising God for that we do have, and for every blessing that He has bestowed upon us. Though we have not received the full manifestation, we should praise God for the handfuls.
Christians should not give up hope, based on this world's system, and our present economy. It is imperative, that we grasp a full understanding of the scripture that tells us, " He who endures to the end, shall be saved."
This book ends with Ruth, who began gleaning in the field belonging to Boaz, marrying Boaz, and owning the fields that she once gleaned in. And if that was not enough, Ruth gave birth to a son from her union with Boaz, named Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David. And out of David, came Jesus.
God is dropping handfuls for us on purpose, keep on gleaning. Remember, "Our God shall supply all of our needs, according to His riches in glory, in Christ Jesus."