Cindi McMenamin Author
Wouldn’t it be nice if having a relationship with God meant never having to worry or stress about money again?
Actually, that’s possible. But not because God fills our bank account with money when we surrender our lives to Him. Like with every aspect of our lives, God wants a relationship with us in which we are dependent on Him, and trusting Him with all that we have. He wants us to keep Him as our God, not what we have or what we’d like to have.
My husband and I have lived on a small church pastor’s salary for nearly 30 years – including a few years in which my husband supported our family on a couple of minimum-wage paying jobs. I can honestly tell you that God has always provided everything we have needed and so much of what we’ve wanted.
Based on three decades of seeing God come through for my family financially, here are “10 Ways to Trust God When Money is Tight.”
1. Realize it’s not about the money.
I’m convinced that our financial stability depends on how much we trust God rather than on how much we make. It’s really not about the money, how hard you work, and how wisely you’ve invested. Our financial situation is almost always about trust.
I used to get a little disillusioned during my college years, thinking If God, my Father, owns the cattle on a thousand hills(Psalm 50:10) why is it that I can’t even afford a hamburger? I’ve learned since then that it isn’t about whether God has the money and can help us. It’s about what He wants to do in and through us, as we rely on Him for what we need. God can take whatever financial situation you’re in and build into you character, hope, and a future. See every financial struggle as an opportunity to trust Him more and a doorway through which you can discover God’s grace, provision, and fatherly love.
2. Trust Him with today.
It’s easy to look ahead at the month and estimate how much you’ll need to pay your bills and then stress about the shortfall. But Jesus must have known we’d have a tendency to do that. He told His followers to look around and see how God provides food for the birds, and clothing for the lilies of the field. Then He told them, “if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” (Matthew 6:30).
Jesus summed up His teaching by saying, “don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (verses 31-33).
Jesus was giving them – and us – a formula for trusting Him daily for our provision, and not stressing about money by worrying about tomorrow.
3. Remember how rich you really are.
God owns it all… which makes us (His children by faith in Christ) heirs of all He has (Galatians 3:29). While we might not feel that we have much on this earth, we can read Ephesians 1:3-14and be reminded again of what is ours in the heavenly realm. As you look at what God gives you through salvation, you can be encouraged at what is yours today, not just some day in heaven.
Think about it. If God can take care of our eternal life, by providing His beloved Son for our salvation, then certainly He can take care of our everyday life, including whatever financial needs we have. Read Ephesians 1 – daily if you have to – and remember what is yours in Christ. It will give you a different perspective and it may cause you to thank Him more than ask Him, when it comes to your financial needs.
4. Release it back to God.
We are managers, not owners of the money God has entrusted us with. That makes it all His in the first place. Therefore, He expects us to give from the first of what we have to Him, as a way of honoring Him, and as a reminder to us that He owns it all.
The Old Covenant Law required God’s people to tithe (which literally means giving to God a tenth of your income). Under the New Covenant, Jesus instructed us to give generously in proportion to how we would like God to be generous toward us (Luke 6:38). He wanted to make sure that our desire to please Him was stronger than our desire for money.
I can attest to the fact that God is faithful to His children who give, even as they struggle to be faithful, financially, to Him. My husband once challenged his very small congregation to tithe 10 percent of their income for a month, and if they couldn’t pay all their bills at the end of the month – after tithing and being responsible with what they had left – my husband would personally pay their bills for them! Now that was scary for me, yet God showed His faithfulness as that poverty-stricken congregation (and the pastor’s wife!) learned to tithe and trust. Ask God to challenge you with what He wants you to give and trust Him with each month.
5. Welcome the faith adventure.
Trusting God for His provision when it looks bleak is truly an adventure in faith. Yet, we have a God who is not only pleased by our faith (Hebrews 11:6), but who also loves to come through for His children (Matthew 7:9-11).
Do you know what it’s like to get an unexpected check in the mail on Monday for the exact amount of an unexpected car repair bill you receive on Tuesday? Your unforeseen financial situations don’t take God by surprise and as you trust Him and honor Him with what you have, you will continually see Him come through for you. See your “unforeseen financial situation” as the beginning of an exciting adventure God is waiting to lead you through.
My family has had a great time seeing God come through for us, financially, in incredible ways through the years. In fact, each time He does, we write it down on a small piece of paper and hang it on a loop we call our “blessing ring.” At the end of each year, we read through each of those blessings and are reminded again of God’s faithfulness.
6. Gain wisdom through God’s Word.
Sometimes we are just foolish when it comes to spending, borrowing, and handling our money. Debt is often the consequence, as is feeling we are under too heavy of a burden to ever repay or be financially free again. But that doesn’t mean God can’t still work in our lives, teach us lessons, and get us back on the road to financial recovery.
The Book of Proverbs is full of financial wisdom and warnings about getting into debt, living beyond your means, and going into business with someone you can’t trust. Read it and take its advice when it comes to business dealings, spending money you don’t have, and charging – or paying – excessive interest. I’ve also seen God work through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, and other resources that are available to help believers who want to start doing things right, financially. Do what it takes to become wiser and more responsible when it comes to the money God has entrusted you with.
7. Practice generosity.
Sometimes we think the more money we hold onto, the more we’ll have. But the opposite is true in the Kingdom of God. The more we give, the more God gives us so we can keep on giving. In Second Corinthians 9:6-11 we are told that as we give generously and cheerfully “God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others” (verse 8).
As you live generously toward others, Scripture promises God “will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous” (verses 10-11). Pray that God will help you be generous with what you have so you will always have money to give to those who are in need.
8. Choose contentment.
The Apostle Paul told the early Christians, “I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength”(Philippians 4:12-13). A few sentences later in that same letter, Paul assured them, “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus” (verse 19).
Can you be content with little if that is what God has ordained for you? There is joy in living simply, in giving things away, tossing out clutter and not collecting more, and determining to live on less. Most of us have no idea how much excess we already have and how little we really need to not only get by, but to be happy. Practice contentment and you may find your financial worries aren’t nearly what they used to be. First Timothy 6:6 assures us that “godliness with contentment is great gain” (NIV).
Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and award-winning writer who helps women and couples strengthen their relationship with God and with others. She has authored more than a dozen books including When Women Walk Alone (more than 130,000 copies sold),When God Sees Your Tears, When a Woman Discovers Her Dream, When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts, and her newest release, 12 Ways to Experience More with Your Husband. She and her husband, a pastor, co-authored the book, When Couples Walk Together: 31 Days to a Closer Connection. For more on her resources to help strengthen your walk with God, your marriage, or your parenting, see her website: www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.
And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. (Genesis 50:16, 17 KJV)
You know the story of how Joseph’s half brothers hated him and they sold him as a slave and killed a goat and soaked his coat in blood and made his father Jacob to think he had been killed by a wild animal.
Joseph is sold into Egypt but God is with him. God reveals Pharaohs dreams to Jacob, when no one else could interpret them. Pharaoh makes him ruler over Egypt next only to Pharaoh.
So after a great famine, Joseph’s brothers go to Egypt to buy corn, and after their second trip Joseph reveals who he is, and eventually their Father Jacob and the whole family moves to Egypt.
After Jacobs death the brothers are afraid that Joseph will take revenge now, so they send this request for forgiveness and Joseph wept.
Joseph probably wept because he had already forgiven them a long time ago.
As Christians, we have to forgive. Remember the parable Jesus told about the man that owed a debt he could not pay and his master ordered him to be put in prison, and all that he had to be sold, and he fell down at his masters feet and cried be patient with me and I’ll pay thee all. The master had pity and forgave all the debt. But then that same man went out to one who owed him much less than what he had been forgiven for. The man did him the same way in asking him to be patient and he would pay him, but he wouldn’t have mercy on the man and had him cast into prison.
When his Lord found out, he said shouldn’t you have had mercy, like I had pity on you? So he put the debt back on him and sent him to the tormentors for the debt to be paid.
I don’t want my sin debt put back on me. I’m thankful for the forgiveness my Master shown me. Even though those people have not asked me for forgiveness, I forgive them anyway.
Now Joseph tells his brothers, you meant it for evil, but God meant it for good, to save much people alive.
Romans 8:28 says And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
I found a light hearted story that I want to share. I don’t know who wrote it. I didn’t get an Authors name but I think you’ll enjoy it. It’s a funny story about how sometimes things seem bad but God uses them for good.
There was a man during the Great Depression who was a carpenter, who one Saturday volunteered his services at his Church to build some crates for some materials that had been gathered to send to an orphanage in china. So he spent his Saturday building crates and nailing them up and finally took them to the post office and sent them off to china. Later he was in his pickup truck going home and reached for his glasses, when he couldn’t find them, he realized that they must have fallen off inside one of the crates and they were on their way to china. And he said, Lord, I’m trying to serve you and now this! (We’ve probably all said something like that out of frustration before). This was during the Great Depression so the glasses probably seemed like a fortune to replace. Well anyway, a year past and the director of that orphanage in China came to the US and to the little Church and spoke to the congregation and said, I would like to thank you for those crates that you sent. It was during war time and communists had came through and ransacked the orphanage, so it was timely gifts. But he said, most of all, I’d like to thank you for the glasses! The congregation looked at each other surprised. Glasses? There were no glasses on the list. There was a carpenter in the back row whose ears perked up though. He said the Commies came through and destroyed everything and they destroyed my glasses. He said with it being war time we didn’t have the means to replace them and as a result I was getting terrible daily head aches. He said my staff was praying fervently for God to somehow provide glasses. He said, when those crates arrived, and they pulled the tops off, they saw sitting right on top a pair of glasses. They immediately brought them to me and I tried them on and they were the perfect prescription. The congregation was saying praise God, Hallelujah, not knowing where the glasses came from. But in the back was a carpenter with tears streaming down his face because he realized the Master Carpenter did know what he was doing.
We can be assured that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
The promise is the gift of eternal life that we have through Christ Jesus.
God told Abraham, through your seed shall all nations be blessed, and that’s continued through Jacob but it’s fulfilled through all of us that are saved, because the word tells us that when we are saved we’re adopted in and become Abrahams seed, from all nations, all who are in Christ are Abrahams seed.
Gen: 25: 29-34
”29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:
30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.
32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.”
Esau, despised his birthright. The birthright was his inheritance, and not just any inheritance but it meant to become head of the household, and receive a special blessing from his father. It should have been precious to Esau. But he sold his inheritance for one meal. What are people selling out for today? But he was hungry, tired and hungry. And the food smelled so good. It’s all he could think about at that moment. People are selling out for drugs, alcohol, sex outside of marriage, worldly lusts. Listen don’t sell out. Nothing compares to the promise we have in Christ Jesus.
Jacob and Esau were Grandsons to Abraham. Abraham and Sarah had Isaac in their old age. Isaac and Rebekah had Jacob and Esau. When you read the story, Jacob and Esau were twins, Esau came out first but Jacob was clutching Esau’s heel. Maybe Jacob was trying to pull Esau back and come out first, I don’t know but Jacob was a deceiver. He deceived Esau out of his birthright and later he deceives Esau out of his blessing. But God had already chosen Jacob. He told Rebekah, two nations are in your womb, and the older shall serve the younger. But Rebekah must not have full trusted God, because look at:
“And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.
2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:
3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;
4 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.
5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.
6 And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,
7 Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the Lord before my death.
8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.
9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:
10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.”
So why did she get impatient and take matters into her own hands. Why do we sometimes get impatient with God and not hold on to his promises or try to speed him up or not fully trust what he said?
Esau wants to kill Jacob:
So now when Esau finds out Jacob stole his blessing, he wants to kill Jacob and Rebekah sends him away to her brother Laban to save his life. He meets Rachel, falls in love with her, works 7 years for her, but Laban deceives him and gives him Leah instead. Get this, when he confronts Laban about it, Laban say’s I couldn’t give the younger before the first born. Oh the irony! Years later God instructs Jacob to return home. So he takes his family and possessions and returns home but he’s afraid of Esau, so he sends messengers to Esau with gifts, the messengers return and tell Jacob, Esau is coming to meet you with 400 men! Jacob fears for his life and separates his people and possessions in groups, he thinks, if Esau’s men kills this group, maybe that group will escape. But last of all, he gets separated from everyone and he’s all alone, When he’s alone, he has this encounter with God.
Gen: 32: 24-28
“24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.”
Jacob held on even with his hip out of joint, for an example no matter what we go through, no matter how painful it is, if you hold on to God and don’t let go, he will bless you.
Matt: 7: 24-27
“24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
The Rock of the foundation is Jesus Christ, one thing in common on both houses, the one built on the rock and the one built on the sand, the storms came on both houses. The difference is the one founded on the Rock stood and the other fell.
The devil can’t do anything to us without God’s permission. Remember Job. God had to remove the hedge before the devil could do anything. He lost all his children and all his possessions in one day. Later he’s covered with painful boils from head to toe. He’s in so much misery, he wishes he was never born. His wife tells him to curse God and die. Don’t be too hard on her, those were her children and possessions, and she’s watching her husband being tormented. But Job say’s, you speak like a foolish woman. Later Job say’s, though he slay me, yet will I trust him. God restored Job and blessed him with double what he had before.
It changes your outlook on things if you consider, God allowed me to go through this, How am I going to handle it? I’ll just hold on to the lord until he blesses me!
Don’t despise your inheritance
Wait on The Lord
Hold on to the lord
Trust The Lord in all things
“1The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;
2 Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;
3 Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.
4 Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.
5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfil all thy petitions.
6 Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of theLord our God.
8 They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
9 Save, Lord: let the king hear us when we call.”
Life of David,
If you think about the life of David, he was blessed beyond measure because he trusted in God, but he still went through some struggles. Some were his own fault because of sins he committed but other times he suffered even when he did the right thing. Saul tried to kill him only because he was jealous of him, David had opportunities to kill Saul and probably would have been justified in self defense, but David said, I will not touch God’s anointed. Saul eventually fell and David was lifted up as King.
Read vs. 6-
“6 Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.”
I’m so glad The Lord hears me when I call. I’m so glad when I fall, and sometimes I do, that The Lord reaches down with that mighty hand and sets me back up on the solid Rock.
Read vs. 7-8-
“7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of theLord our God.
8 They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.”
Some trust in chariots and horses, some trust in their possessions, what they have, but we will trust in The Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen, their possessions perish with them, but we are lifted up.
All through the Bible, The inspired Word of God, all who put their trust and faith in The Lord are lifted up, and all that trust in themselves, or their possessions or false gods, they all fall.
Battles will come in our own lives and we must choose who we are going to trust in. Who do you trust in today?
Without Faith, it is impossible to please God.
When I think of faith, I think of Abraham, the father of our faith. If you think back to the promise, think back to when God tested Abraham and told him to offer his son Isaac. They went to the place that God told them to go, and it say’s in Genesis 22, that Abraham laid the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac as they walked to the place of the sacrifice. So imagine Isaac walking with the wood for the sacrifice on his back. Now imagine Jesus walking with the wooden cross on his back. Isaac said to Abraham, Where is the Lamb for the sacrifice? Abraham said, God will provide the Lamb! I don’t think that was a coincidence, I believe God was giving a sign at the beginning of the promise, that he would provide the lamb to redeem us from our sins.
God told Abraham, in you all nations, shall be blessed. So all nations that put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whether Jew or Greek, bond or free, male or female, no matter what color your skin is, if your faith and trust is in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are one in Christ Jesus.
In my life, I’ve put trust in a lot of things that I thought would satisfy me, I spent a lot of time, energy and money on things that were a complete waste. They just led to regret. But I have never regretted any time I’ve trusted in God. I’ve failed God many times, but God has never failed me and he never will.
What is your trust in?
In I think the late 90’s or early 2000’s, I watched a coworker destroy his life with alcohol. He had liver damage, the doctor told him he would die if he didn’t stop drinking, but he wouldn’t stop. He was depressed over a woman and would go home and start drinking and drink until he fell asleep. One morning he never woke up. He didn’t show up to work, the Boss called his brother, who went and busted his door in to find him on the couch. Autopsy said cause of death alcohol poisoning. I regret that I never remember talking to him about the Lord. But I’m telling you now, if your trusting in anything of the world, it will fail. Trust in God, He will never fail.
Read Galatians 3:13-14
“13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
– That is us who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, redeemed from the curse of the law. Saved by Grace through Faith. What is your faith in?
Proverbs 3:5-6 say’s Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your on understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.
Study from The Book of Ruth
It came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Beth–lehem–judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, his wife, and his two sons.” Ruth 1:1
Why was there famine? This is part of the promised land that God gave them when he delivered them out of the land of Egypt. “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25
Judges ruled the land- Every man did that which was right in their own eyes. Sounds a lot like the world today. There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (prov. 14:12)
Deuteronomy- If they obey God they will be blessed, if they are disobedient a curse will come upon their land. So maybe if the people had come together, repented and turned back to the Lord, he would have caused their land to prosper again.
Elimelech takes his wife Naomi and 2 sons to Moab, Moab was a place that didn’t worship the God of Israel, they worshiped false gods, and in times past even sacrificed their own children to false gods. So Elimelech was taking his family from a place that God gave his people to a place that didn’t even know the true and living God. How many times when we face famine in our lives, do we get further away from God, rather than getting down on our knees and calling on him to deliver us.
So now they are in Moab, Elimelech dies there, leaving Naomi and her 2 sons, and it gets worse. The sons take wives from the Moabite women, One named Orpah, the other Ruth, about 10 years later both sons die, leaving Naomi with only her 2 daughters in law. Naomi doesn’t want to stay in Moab, who can blame her? She wants to go home, she had heard the famine was over, Judah is prospering again, so she heads home.
Her daughters in law start to go with her, but Naomi feels like she has nothing for them, She tells them to go to the homes of their Mother, find new husbands. She said, I’m too old to have another husband and even if I did and was able to bear Sons, would you wait until they were grown to marry them? Go back. So Orpah reluctantly kisses Naomi and goes back. But Ruth cleaves to Naomi.
(Read vs. 15)
And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law. (Ruth 1:15) It is sad that she returned to her gods that can’t help her, because the God of Israel is the true and living God.
(Read vs. 16-17)
And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: The Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.” Isn’t that a beautiful wedding vow?
So Naomi takes Ruth into Bethlehem. Upon entering people of the city remember her, come to greet her and she say’s don’t call me Naomi, call me Mara, which means bitter. She feels God has dealt bitterly with her.
To understand chpt. 2, you have to know 2 Levitical laws they used.
“Leviticus 25:25” If a brother lost possession of land, then his next of kin could buy it back (redeem it), they were called kinsman redeemers.
“Leviticus 19:9-10” When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest, leave them for the poor and the stranger. (kind of like a welfare system of that day, except instead of just getting a check like today, they had to actually work and glean to get their food, but that’s how they took care of the poor and strangers)
To summarize chapter. 2, Elimelech has a near kinsman named Boaz, a mighty man of wealth. Ruth goes out to glean for food for her and Naomi, gleaning the leftovers that the poor and the strangers are allowed to glean, and vs. 3 say’s Ruth just happened to go to Boaz field. She didn’t know it was his field but God did.
As Ruth is gleaning there, Boaz walks up and say’s to his servants, The lord be with you, and they said The Lord bless thee. That shows the kind of integrity Boaz had.(can you imagine having a boss like that? That would come up to you and say, The Lord be with you, and you reply back, the lord bless you!)
Boaz notices Ruth and asks who she is. The servant tells Boaz about her, He goes up to her and tells her stay in my field don’t go to another, glean all you want and if you get thirsty, go to where the young men draw water and drink all you want.
Ruth is so amazed and humbled by this act of kindness, she falls on her face. (read vs. 10) Does that make you think? She didn’t know it yet, but this was the man that is going to redeem her. Have you ever fell on your face and said to your redeemer, why have I found grace in your site Lord? Me a stranger. Most of us are not Israelites, we were adopted in by the blood of the Lamb! Amen
Boaz tells her he heard all she did for her Mother in Law
Read vs. 12
“The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust. Ruth 2:12” Sounds like she’s come to trust in the Lord!
He invites her to eat with him and the servants, He serves her food and when she goes out to glean again, He tells his servants to purposely leave extra for her.
So Ruth takes all that she gleaned to Naomi and Naomi say’s Blessed be he that took knowledge of you, and when Ruth said his name is Boaz, Naomi knew it was a near Kinsman to Elimelech. Ruth continued to glean there through the end of barley and wheat harvest.
Now the redemption plan! (read chpt. 3 vs. 3-7)
“Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.
4 And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.
5 And she said unto her, all that thou sayest unto me I will do.
6 And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in law bade her.
7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down.” Ruth 3:3-7
Here she is laying at the feet of the one she wants to redeem her. Amen
vs.9 “she said spread thy skirt over thine handmaid”, With that She’s asking him to marry her. (That same expression is in Ezekial 16:8, when God entered into a covenant with Israel)
Boaz tells her, he would redeem her but there is a closer kinsman. (This shows more integrity from Boaz, because I believe he loves Ruth at this point, but he loves God more, so It’s important to him to obey the law and offer the closer kinsman first)
So Ruth lays at his feet until morning, then she goes back to tell Naomi the news, you can tell their excited because in verse 18, Naomi tells Ruth to sit still, for the man will not rest until he have finished the thing this day.
Boaz finds the nearer kinsman, who first agrees to redeem the land until Boaz informs him he has to take Ruth to Wife also. He refuses to marry Ruth and redeem it, So Boaz Redeems the land and takes Ruth to be his Wife.
Boaz and Ruth have a Son name Obed, Naomi is comforted and helps raise the Child.
Boaz and Ruth’s Son Obed is the father of Jesse, the father of David. So Ruth is the Great Grandmother of King David
Ofcourse, Our Redeemer Jesus Christ came forth in the flesh through the root and offspring of David! So this Poor widow stranger in the land that didn’t feel worthy of being redeemed, through her seed, God brought forth the redeemer of all mankind! Isn’t it amazing how God works!
This old testament Book of Ruth, written long before Christ was born in the flesh, was a preview of what God was going to do for us.
God knew we would fall from the foundation of the world, and made a way for our Redemption!
Our first earthly father Adam, lost our inheritance, we had eternal inheritance from the beginning, Adam lost it, so we needed to be Redeemed. Amen
Thank God for Jesus Christ our Redeemer!