Oftentimes, I hear ladies say, “Where is my Boaz?” “I want a Boaz.” Well, I want to ask those ladies this question, “Are you being Ruth, so he can find you? If you’re thinking about that question, then there’s a possibility that your answer will be no. We all know how the story ends, but we never talk about what Ruth went through to become Mrs. Boaz. So, let’s talk a little about Ruth and how she got her house ready for her Boaz. And in order for me to do that, I first want to share with you a little about the threshing floor (field) where they met, which sparked this wonderful romance.
Threshing in Bible times was the harvest-time activity by which the grain was removed from the husk, and the tares was separated from the wheat. The threshing floor (field) was flat and hardened by the passing of animals over the sheaves. Most of the times the oxen pulled a sled that was created to separate the grain from the husks. After the threshing process, the stalks and grain were thrown up into the air so that the wind might blow the unwanted chaff away and leave the valuable kernels. This was known as winnowing. It was customary in Israel, and a part of their law to leave corners of the field be left for the poor to glean (gather slowly; and laboriously, bit by bit). So, this is the place where Ruth was working when Boaz saw her. Not a pretty place to meet, and she was not looking her best. However, you never know where you will meet the love the Lord has created for you, or the circumstances which will bring you together.
Now, onto our story.
Ruth was working in the fields gathering the grain left by the reapers when Boaz found her. I believe Boaz was attracted to Ruth because she was a hard worker, not because of her looks. He asked his servant who was the damsel in the field, and they told him it was Ruth, the daughter of Naomi. Boaz had her about Ruth and her faithfulness, and the love she had for Naomi. He heard about how she stayed by her mother-in-law’s side after she had lost everything. She loved her in the good times and in the bad times. Some of us will walk away from our family and friends when the good times (or money) stops flowing, and act as if we never knew them. However, Ruth was faithful, and never left her side. Now, here was the woman that he had heard so much about, working in his field.
Ruth good works had gone before her preparing her for this meeting with Boaz. Ruth was getting her house in order for the next blessing that the Lord would bring into her life. Ladies, your good works should be speaking for you right now. The life you are living should tell people who you are; what you stand for, and it should be a reflection of your love for the Lord. If it’s not, then it’s time to do some remodeling in your life. It’s time to get rid of those areas not pleasing to the Lord. It’s time for a complete makeover, and I am not talking about working on the outside. I’m talking about allowing the Holy Spirit to strip away what’s been hurt and abused, and renew a right spirit within you. If you surrender completely to the Lord; He will destroy the old you and make all things brand new (2Co 5:17).
If you want Boaz to come into your life, you must ask the Lord to do a new work within you. You must have the attitude of Ruth and begin to work now, for the blessing you want to have in your life.
Excerpt from the soon to be released “THE PREPARED WOMAN SERIES”
DON’T SETTLE FOR SOMETHING GOOD,
WHEN THE LORD HAS SOMETHING GREAT WAITING FOR YOU