5 Boaz asked…, “Who does that young woman belong to?”
6 The overseer replied, “She is the Moabite who came back from Moab with Naomi. 7 She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.’ She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.”
8 So Boaz said to Ruth, “…And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.”
10 At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?”
11 Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband… 12 May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”
The book of Ruth is not just a romance story, it is also an example of good character and taking initiative in hard times. After Ruth’s husband died, she was loyal to her mother-in-law and moved to Israel with her, where she was a stranger to everyone. However, Ruth was not timid. She put Naomi before herself and fought to provide. She was not prideful or scared to work, and she was determined to do everything she could for her family. Then Ruth left the rest to God, and in turn He provided.
Ruth was facing a lot of problems Americans see today- poverty, shortage of food, being widowed, etc.When you find yourself in difficulty, do you just worry or do you look for options? When times are tough we can remember Ruth, and do anything and everything, even the smallest things, and hand the rest over to God. He will never fail to help us when we depend on Him.
Not only did Ruth take action, she had excellent character. She was hardworking, determined, loving to her family and brave in a new land. Additionally, her actions were the same no matter her situation. She gained a good reputation among the Jewish people, and that’s how she caught the eye of Boaz, who blessed her and helped her. Her Godly character revealed her devotion to the Lord.
When we show Godly character consistently in all areas of our lives, our good reputation can allow Jesus to shine through us. When people see that we are not only godly but genuine and constant, they see Jesus and are attracted to Him. With genuine character, we are blessed and also bring people towards Christ.
What are some ways you can take action or improve your character?