Week 13 of Judges – Lessons Learned Part IV

Ruth 1:15-18 – Lessons Learned Part IV

15 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.

16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

 

 

For our final lesson learned from our Judges series, we look at the overarching lesson from the book of Ruth: faithfulness. Ruth could have easily gone back to her home and all that she had known before she had gotten married, but instead she decided to stay faithful to her new family and to the God whom they (and Ruth) followed. In the end, God would bless Ruth’s faithfulness by giving her a new husband, a child, and allowing her to be a part of the family that Jesus himself would was a part. What a blessing!

God is unchanging. He is always the same! This means that, for us, if God blessed faithfulness back then, then He blesses faithfulness now! God wants you to be faithful in everything that you do. He wants you to be faithful to Him most of all by continually reading your Bible and communicating with Him through prayer. God also wants you to be faithful to your church, other Christians, your family, school, job, and everything else in our lives! Wherever you are not as faithful in your life as you need to be, fix it now! Put the time and effort in to do the things you need to do well and consistently.


Life Step: Think about it…

In what areas to you sometimes struggle to be faithful?

What are some things that distract us from being faithful?

In what ways can we stay faithful even when it is difficult?

Week 12 of Judges – God Rewards Faithfulness

Ruth 4:13, 17 – God Rewards Faithfulness

13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son.

17 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Ruth had continually been faithful both to God and her family. She had left her home, her friends, and any family she had besides Naomi to go to a foreign country. Now, after working in Boaz’s field for several weeks and asking Boaz to marry her and redeem her dead husband’s family tree and property, Ruth gets her reward. The first part of her reward was that God gave her a husband. Secondly, God gave her a son from that husband. The interesting thing about this is that God did not only give Ruth a Son, but her descendants would be very important people. Ruth’s son, Obed, was the grandfather of King David. That is the dame David that would kill Goliath and later became king of Israel! We also see that one of Obed’s descendants will eventually be Jesus Himself!! What a family that God allowed Ruth to be part of because of her faithfulness!

For us Christians, this passage has a couple of different possible applications. First, if you are being faithful to God and your responsibilities, God sees that. Sometimes, it is very easy to feel like you keep on doing what is right and nobody even notices what you are doing. Don’t worry, God knows and he will reward you. Secondly, if you are not as faithful as you should be to church, God, or any of your responsibilities (I believe all of us could probably improve somewhere), then you need to start being faithful! God will reward those who are faithful with the best things. Jesus said, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” (Luke 16:10). We need to be faithful in everything, no matter how big or small.

Life Step: Think about it…

What little things do you need to be faithful to?

What kind of rewards has God given you for faithfulness?

Week 12 of Judges – Faithfulness is Hard Work

Ruth 2:23; 3:10-11 – Faithfulness is Hard Work

23 So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law.

10 And he said, Blessed be thou of the Lord, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.

11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.


Faithfulness is not something that comes easily or naturally to anyone. Our natural tendencies is to not be faithful in what we do, but to try to take the easy way out, or try to cut corners. Here, however, we see an important lesson about Ruth’s character that we can stand to learn from: she worked hard to stay faithful. In chapter 2, she continued to collect food from the beginning to the end of the barley and wheat harvest. This was a time period of around 4-6 weeks of working in the fields gathering food. This was no easy task. Around this time, Ruth asked Boaz to marry her and redeem her late husband’s family tree. Boaz, having noticed Ruth’s faithfulness and hard work, commended her for her faithfulness and focus (there were plenty of young men working in the fields, too. It would have been easy for her to marry one of them and settle). Boaz agrees to redeem her family tree as long as one relative, who happens to be a closer relative than Boaz, refuses to marry Ruth (which he does).

The important lesson for us Christians to learn from Ruth is that Faithfulness requires hard work! It is not easy to be faithful to church, Bible reading, or prayer. It is just not in our nature to be faithful. However, it is not impossible to be faithful. It does require a lot of hard work, but God honors that, just like he will honor Ruth. Our responsibility is to be faithful, even when it’s hard.

Life Step: Think about it…

In what areas do you sometimes struggle to stay faithful?

What are some ways we can work to stay faithful?

Week 12 of Judges – God is in Control

Ruth 2:8-12 – God is in Control

Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens:

Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.

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 theLord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.



If you learn nothing else from the book of Ruth, you need to learn that God is in control and He rewards faithfulness. Here was Ruth, an immigrant in a new land, and she is out working in the fields to gather food for her and her mother-in-law. As it so happens, that field happens to belong to a man named Boaz who was related to Ruth’s late father-in-law! Back then, is a woman’s husband died and she had no kids (like Ruth’s situation), a family member could marry the widow and carry on the dead husbands family tree. The fact that Boaz was related to Ruth’s dead husband and that her and Naomi started picking from his field is such a long shoot that it must have been God’s doing! Boaz learned of who Ruth was and told her that she does not need to go to any other field, but asked her to just stay there and he would give her water and make sure she had plenty of food! God used Boaz to care for Ruth!

Ruth was shocked! Apparently she had no idea who this man was. Boaz, however, said that he was doing this because of her faithfulness to God and Naomi. Ruth was willing to leave everything because she believed she was under God’s protection. God showed that He was protecting Ruth and that he was (and still is) in control. Whatever may be happening in your life, remember that God is in control. If there is something that needs to change in your life, do it! God will take care of you. If there is something that needs to go from your life, do it! God will take care of you. If you need to witness, do it! If God is leading you to do something you are not sure of, do it! God is in control and he will reward your faithfulness.

Life Step: Think about it…

In what ways did God reward Ruth’s faithfulness?

How does God reward our faithfulness?

What do you need to let God have control over in your life?