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Wait, don’t worry

Ruth 3:18

Then, Naomi said, “Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens.  For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today.” NIV

Last week, a woman from my church spoke on the word “wait.”  She had several verses that she asked us to look up, and, as she talked about all of the ways that we are called to wait, it struck me that many of them were reminders not to worry.

Take this verse.

Ruth’s husband has died.  She has returned with her mother-in-law, Naomi, to her husband’s hometown where Boaz, a kinsman redeemer, is.

Naomi has given Ruth detailed instructions about what she should do to find favor with Boaz.  Ruth has done those things.  At this point in the story, Boaz is off cementing the deal with another male relative who actually has first rights to Ruth’s husband’s land and to Ruth herself.

It does not appear that Ruth is fully aware of all of the customs of her husband’s people.  She is a Moabite, and they are Israelites, so, that’s very possible.

Naomi, however, is very wise.  She has seen the whole thing from the beginning and has instructed Ruth on the steps to take to solve her problems.

Now, Ruth must wait.

Waiting is HARD!

And often, when I’m waiting, is when I’m most prone to worry … “What if this doesn’t turn out the way I’ve planned?  What if I don’t get what I want?”

But, God doesn’t want us to focus on the future.  He wants us focused here, on the current moment, and in our current circumstances.  The future is His, and His alone.

One of the points that the woman who spoke the other night made so eloquently was that, “waiting is not a passive activity.”

There are many other “wait” verses that are reminders.

As I wait to see what God has next for me, I’ll spend my time looking into what He says on the subject of waiting … I know he says not to worry while I’m doing it.

That’s what I’ll think about today.

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Walk forward in faith

Ruth 2:8

So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter listen to me.  Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here.  Stay here with my servant girls.  Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the girls.  I have told the men not to touch you.  And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jar the men have filled.” NIV

This morning, I decided to test my theory that there were many more reminders to find in the books of the Bible that I have already visited than those that I found on my first pass through using the “fear not” list.  I went back to Bible Gateway.com and typed in “worry,” and chose The Message translation.  Since The Message is a fairly recent translation, my theory is that it will call worry what we call it, and not “taking thought,” or something else as earlier versions of the Bible have done.

Based on a cursory look, I think that this will be a very effective way to find some of the remaining reminders.  For instance, had I merely read the chapter of Ruth in the NIV, I might have recognized this as a reminder not to worry, but, The Message makes it very clear.  Verse nine says, “Watch where they are harvesting and follow them.  And don’t worry about a thing; I’ve given orders to my servants not to harass you.” MSG

As I picture myself as Ruth, hearing these words, I can see what a relief they would be.  Ruth has been in a harrowing time of transition.  Her husband has died, and she has left the place that she was living and the people from whom she is descended to follow and care for her mother-in-law.  She and Naomi are without a man to head their household, which was an extremely difficult position.

As I look at these verses, it strikes me that, with just a few sentences, Boaz is providing for Ruth’s most basic needs: food, water and safety.

I am certain that these words brought a wave of relief over her and, no doubt, banished whatever worries she might have been experiencing about gaining the necessities of life.

Naomi was faithful.  Ruth followed her example.  If we will step out on faith, God will honor that.

That’s what I’ll think about today.

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Ruth 3:11

And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid.  I will do for you all you ask.  All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character.  NIV

This verse is from the story of Ruth.  Ruth has just asked that Boaz become her kinsman redeemer, and he tells her, according to the Message, “don’t worry about a thing.”

The story of Ruth is a wonderful example of obedience.  Ruth is obedient to her mother-in-law, even though she is not completely certain of all of the whys and wherefores of what she is asked to do.  She doesn’t ask questions, she does as she is instructed, and is richly rewarded for it.

She is a loyal and loving daughter-in-law, and, ultimately finds herself in the lineage of Christ Jesus.

Such a beautiful story for a beautiful Sunday morning.

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