Proverbs 8:19 - "My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver."

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Ruth, a woman of fearless faith!

     Ruth is a woman of noble character, like the description

of the Proverbs 31 woman, except Ruth is a real-life

character in which we can learn about how her faith in God

helped her overcome numerous obstacles. Ruth’s life was

anything but pleasant. 

     Ruth had a faith that persevered through trials and

adversities with hope, patience, and diligence. Her faith was

a faith that bears all things, believes all things, hopes, all

things, and endures all things. She had humility, she was

kind, and she had courage. She had a faith that was rooted

and grounded in love and the work of Christ (Ephesians

3:17-20). 

     Ruth was a Moabite, who married into the family of

Elimelech and Naomi, where they dwelled and made their

home in Moab, after a famine in their homeland. While in

Moab, Naomi’s husband, Elimelech died. Then, Naomi’s son’s

died, one of which was married to Ruth. Naomi knew she

could not provide for Ruth and her other daughter in law,

Orpah, so she encouraged them to stay in Moab and she

would return to her homeland (Ruth 1:13).

     Ruth decided to stay with Naomi and help provide for

her. Ruth had faith in God and trusted Him with her future

(Proverbs 31:25). She cast all her cares on Him, for she

knew she could find hope, refuge, comfort in Him. She

believed God had a plan for her life. In her faithfulness to

serve God, and protect and care for her

mother in law, Ruth went to work in a barley field belonging

to Boaz, who was a relative of Naomi.

     Boaz noticed Ruth working in his field and he asked a

servant about the young woman, so the servant explained to

Boaz about Ruth’s situation. Boaz gave instructions for

Ruth, “Listen, my daughter. Don’t go in any other field to

gather grain, and don’t even leave this one. Stay here with

my young women" (Ruth 2:9).

     Watch where my men are reaping, and follow the young

women in that field. I have ordered my young men not to

touch you. When you’re thirsty, go to the jars and drink

some of the water that the young men have drawn” (Ruth

2:10).

     Ruth fell on her face and bowed, saying, “Why have I

found grace in your eyes, that you should take knowledge of

me, seeing that I am a stranger (Ruth 2:10)? Boaz realized

Ruth’s devotion to Naomi as part of his extended family,

which was noticed by him and moved him with compassion

(Ruth 2:11).

     Gratefulness is an amazing attribute and an example of

true virtue. Boaz answered and said, “All that you have done

for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has

been fully told to me, and how you left your father and

mother and your native land and came to a people you did

not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have

done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of

Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge”

(Ruth 2:11-12).

     Boaz ordered his servants to allow Ruth to gather grain,

so Ruth gathered grain in the field (Ruth 2:16-17). Ruth’s

appeal to Boaz to redeem her and Naomi out of their

poverty and loss of their family (Ruth 3:10). 

     In God’s timing, He turned it all around as a result of

Ruth’s obedience and her willingness to remain faithful to

her commitment to serve. God saw Ruth’s faithfulness and

loyalty towards Naomi, and he rewarded her greatly.

Eventually, Ruth became the wife of Boaz. We can learn so

much from Ruth. Ruth was loyal and was a woman of fearless

faith!