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A brief background of Ruth to appreciate her story:
Ruth is not your ideal woman.
She was a Moabite. Moabites were descendants of Lot from an incestuous relationship with his oldest daughter.
Ruth was looked down upon because she was a woman (women were once considered a property, a little higher than cows in their society)
She’s a widow.
She remained faithful to her mother-in-law, Naomi. Braving the nasty things people said about her and the cruel treatment she received, she went out to glean the barley fields of her late husband’s kin Boaz.
Boaz heard of Ruth’s goodness from his people.
Boaz saw how Ruth cared for her mother-in-law.
Boaz had known Ruth’s loyalty, diligence, determination, and perseverance.
Naomi advised Ruth to dress up and sleep at Boaz’s feet.
The rest as they say is history.
7 Things We Can All Learn From Ruth:
1. Ruth’s priority was not to wait for someone to redeem her after her husband died leaving her with no children. Sort out your priorities. Don’t wait for other people—especially for men to validate your existence.
Don’t expect others to fill your empty cup. They might just be as empty as you are and you’ll end up draining each other.
2. Loyalty and selflessness are always rewarded. She cared for Naomi and never left her side which eventually led her to Boaz.
3. Be confident with who you are. Ruth never let rumors and gossips stop her from going out there and getting what she needs. She ignored the whispers. She knew she’s being judged because she didn’t fit in the society’s standard. She had more important things to think about; she had no time for petty things and petty people.
4. Be diligent, persevering, and determined. Ruth worked harder than the others, which Boaz noticed.
5. Be a woman of character. Boaz told Ruth: “All my townspeople know you for a worthy woman.” What can be more flattering than that?
You can’t control your reputation, because everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.
You can’t control people’s impression of you as it is more of how they view things in life than it is about you. But, you have full and total control of your character.
Be someone your Boaz can be proud of. Be someone you yourself can be proud of.
Carry yourself with dignity.
6. Stop chasing people. Don’t be desperate. Boaz praised Ruth’s loyalty saying, “You have not gone after a younger man, whether rich or poor.”
7. Follow the advice of the wise. Ruth knew she can trust Naomi so she followed her advice. Which turned out to be an effective one as Boaz married her after that.
Ruth may not be every man’s fantasy girl, but she’s every man’s ideal wife judging by her character.
The society might have treated her like trash, but her character shined so brightly that a man of integrity like Boaz saw what a gem she was.
Don’t just sit there and wait around for your Boaz. Ruth never did.
She lived a life of service and the Lord rewarded her.
For He is faithful, and His timing is perfect.