The path took a sharp turn for Ruth when she was widowed. She left her family and her homeland to support her mother–in-law, who was also a widow. (Proof that mother-in-laws can be really wonderful people!) Now life today would be difficult for two women grieving the loss of the men in their lives but back in Bible times they faced a whole ‘nother level of difficulty. They came home empty handed to assume a life of poverty.
Never the less, Ruth went right to work.
There was a provision in the law of the land that allowed widows to follow harvesters in the fields and pick up the scraps that were left behind. So Ruth humbled herself. She worked diligently. She didn’t dawdle. She knew her mother-in-law was depending on her. And when someone shows up like that, they get noticed!
The owner of the field couldn’t help but take notice. And when he saw her humility, her faithfulness and the kindness she had shown to her dear mother-in-law he poured out favor on her. He offered his protection. He invited her to lunch. He even told his workers to drop extra grain on purpose. Ruth did more than eke out a few handfuls of existence. She brought home a basketful of bounty. She returned to her mother-in-law with the fruit of favor.
Last week we learned about living with an awareness of favor with God. God looks on you with grace, acceptance and a desire to benefit. Isn’t that amazing? This week we see an example from the Bible of favor with man. And Ruth is not the only example. Joseph, Esther, Daniel and Jesus also found favor with man. It’s a good thing.
Guess what? You can experience the benefits of favor with man in your life too!
Affirmation: I will look for favor on the paths of humility, faithfulness, kindness and living for a cause larger than myself.
Comment: We want to hear from you, use the comment feature below.Where do you need to experience favor with man in 2014?
Scriptures for reflection:
Ruth 2:10-12 Ruth fell at his feet and thanked him warmly. “What have I done to deserve such kindness?” she asked.“I am only a foreigner.” “Yes, I know,” Boaz replied. “But I also know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I have heard how you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers. May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.”Proverbs 3:4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.Luke 2:52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.