Devotional: ‘Under His Care and Provision’

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Ruth 3:1 Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? 2 Now Boaz, whose young women you were with, is he not our relative? In fact, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. 3 Therefore wash yourself and anoint yourself, put on your best garment and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 4 Then it shall be, when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies; and you shall go in, uncover his feet, and lie down; and he will tell you what you should do.”

5 And she said to her, “All that you say to me I will do.” 6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her. 7 And after Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was cheerful, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came softly, uncovered his feet, and lay down. 8 Now it happened at midnight that the man was startled, and turned himself; and there, a woman was lying at his feet. 9 And he said, “Who are you?” So she answered, “I am Ruth, your maidservant. Take your maidservant under your wing, for you are a close relative.”

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Devotional: ‘Our Kinsman Redeemer’

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Today’s world desperately needs good role models. Our children need men and women they can look up to and follow their example. Boaz was such a man. In a very simple yet powerful way, Boaz demonstrated what it means to be a man of God.

The life of Boaz might be outlined in this way:

HE WAS A MAN OF GREAT WEALTH

HE WAS A MAN OF GREAT FAITH

HE WAS A MAN OF GREAT COMPASSION

Boaz was a man of great wealth, great faith, and great compassion. This is very important when we consider the way God used him in the lives of Ruth and Naomi.

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Devotional: ‘Living Out Our Faith’ part 2

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Yesterday we took a brief look at the spirituality of Boaz. No doubt he was a man of great faith for it seems that he spoke of the Lord with whomever he met. I would like to continue that thought today by taking a look at another man of great faith. His name is Job.

When it came to the spirituality of Job, God said of him, “For there is no one on earth like him, a man who is blameless and upright, who fears God and shuns evil.” (Job 1:8) Like Boaz, Job was a wealthy man who walked with God. Consider these three ways Job shared his faith with others:

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Devotional: ‘Living Out Our Faith’ part 1

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Ruth 2:4 Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you!” And they answered him, “The Lord bless you!”

The Bible doesn’t give us much detail about Boaz’s faith, but there is enough here to help us see that he was a man who walked with God. Consider these two aspects of how he expressed his faith:

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Devotional: ‘A Proper View of Money’  

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The Bible tells us that how we view our finances often says a whole lot about how we view life. Some people are consumed with becoming rich and as Paul says, “they have wandered away from the faith and brought many sorrows into their lives.” (see 1 Timothy 6:10) But then there are others such as some of the women who followed Jesus who used their wealth for good purposes. “Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager; Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples.” (Luke 8:3) In this week’s study, we will see someone who was both wealthy and godly.

Ruth 2:1 There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz.

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Devotional: ‘Resting Under the Shadow of His Wings’

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Ruth 2:10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, “Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?” 11 And Boaz answered and said unto her, “It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore. 12 The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.”

Ruth was amazed that someone of such stature would be willing to show her such kindness. “Who am I that you should take notice of me?” she asked Boaz. In other words, “I’m a stranger and outcast in the land of Israel.” Yet Boaz praised her for her willingness to deny herself in order that she might care for her mother-in-law Naomi. “May the LORD reward you for all you’ve done” was his reply. “You have not only denied yourself in order to care for another; you have humbly placed yourself under the care and grace of Almighty God.”

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Devotional: ‘God’s Divine Providence and a Man Named Boaz’ 

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Centuries ago, a Baptist preacher by the name of Octavius Winslow wrote these words:

The Lord is with His saints, ordaining and shaping their every step. The man of God advances in no uncertain, unprepared path in life. His whole career, from his cradle to his grave, is a divinely constructed map, prepared in the eternal mind, purpose, and counsel of Jehovah. Nothing is left to contingency. There is no divergence in his path, no event that bends, or shades, or burdens it; but the Lord is in it; ordering, arranging, and controlling all.”

Certainly, the providential hand of God can be seen in the life of a young woman named Ruth. Scripture teaches us that God guided her to this special field at a special time for a special blessing. Ruth 2:3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.

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Devotional: ‘The Perfect Guidance of God’  

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One of the great truths taught in the Bible is the mystery of God’s divine providence. Providence is God’s care and guidance over His creation. It is His willingness to provide for our needs based upon His ability to know the future. God’s Providence can be seen in the story of a young woman named Ruth.

Ruth 2:1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz. 2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter. 3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.

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Devotional: ‘Divine Providence’ 

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There is a principle taught in the Bible that we must understand in order to grow in our relationship with God. It is the principle of DIVINE PROVIDENCE. Divine Providence can be described as God’s care and guidance over His creation. A deeper study of the word reveals that providence is God’s willingness to provide for our needs based upon His ability to know the future. In other words, providence is God going before us and making a way. Moses said to the children of Israel – “And the LORD, He it is that doth go before thee; He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)  

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Devotional: ‘Under Whose Wings Thou Art Come to Trust’

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Ruth 1:1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem-judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. 2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem-judah. And they came into the country of Moab and continued there. 

Last week we studied about famines and our reaction to them. By definition a famine can be described as a time of great need. Though we most often think of a famine as pertaining to the scarcity of food, we can also experience a time of famine in many other ways. Sometimes people face famines in their finances. Others face famines in their health or in their emotions. Families go through famines and so do many marriages. Anytime there is a great need in our life, whether it’s physical, emotional or spiritual, we are in a time of famine.

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