Becoming Ruth
What does it mean?

Eshet Chayil: “woman of worth,” “valour” or “strength.”

Now who wouldn’t want to be known as a woman of worth, valor, or strength? This is what Boaz calls Ruth because of her great character. How would you like to be called these things by your future spouse? I think and pray about becoming a woman of great character just like Ruth!
 
 

What is it that made Ruth such a woman of great character?

 

Loyalty: Faithfulness, Commitment, Devotion, Allegiance.

Selfless: Self-denying, Generous, Self-sacrificing

Ruth was loyal to her mother-in-law. When she was told to go back to her people, her home, her parents, and what was familiar to her, Ruth still stayed by Naomi’s side. Someone even told Naomi that Ruth was better than having 7 sons! (how great would you have to be compared to that?). Leaving all you know for the good of someone else is an incredibly selfless thing to do, now I’m not sure about you but I think it would be a hard decision to leave and not cling to the familiar.
Ruth 1:16-17
But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”
 
 

Hardworking:

Diligent, Industrious, Persevering

Ruth went right out and found work to support Naomi and herself, she worked all day with little rest. She didn’t sit around comfortably and wait for someone to help, she went out and found a field to work in. With God’s help and providence she found the field of Boaz. God led her to exactly what she needed. Not only did she find work and food, *spoiler alert*, in the end, but she also found a Godly man to provide for her and take care of her as well!
 
 
Ruth 2:2-3
And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.”
Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.”So she went out, entered a field, and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek.
 
Ruth 2:5-7
Boaz asked the overseer of his harvesters, “Who does that young woman belong to?” The overseer replied, “She is the Moabite who came back from Moab with Naomi. She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.’ She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.”
 

Obedient:

obeying or willing to obey; submissive

How often do we do what we are told, or listen to our elders, or those with more wisdom than us? Not as much as we should, myself included! There’s a reason God has placed these people in our lives and I believe it would do us some good to listen to them more often than we do! Ruth listened and obeyed her mother-in-law’s instructions to help find her a husband and partner, not just some “cool Christian” guy either, a loyal, hardworking, and generous Godly man.
 
 
Ruth 3:1-6
One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for. Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do.”
“I will do whatever you say,” Ruth answered. So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.
 
 
A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
Proverbs 31:10-12

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