Want to know where your blessing is? God has a special time and place for us to receive your blessing if we commit to following Him. The story of Ruth gives us insight to how we should approach our relationship with God. (see Ruth 1:11-16) Ruth followed and worked for Naomi, her mother-in-law, just as we should follow and work for God. Ruth rested at her husband Boaz’s feet, just as we should rest at the feet of Christ. Ruth and Orpah’s, Naomi’s second daughter-in-law, journey to Moab from their home in Judah to escape famine represent those who leave God when situations become difficult. When we face difficult situations while living for God, we should never wonder whether He will provide. However, instead we sometimes leave the place God has designated to bless us because circumstances are difficult. But we have to remember to always trust God through it all!
Even if someone turns away from God, God has a plan to bring His child back. (see Genesis 26:2-3) There is always hope! We, however, must be willing to go back to our place in Christ. We also must be aware of the influence we can have over others. When one returns to Christ, that person can bring another along, just as Ruth returned home with Naomi. Ruth accepted the God of Israel and of Naomi as her God. However, Orpah rejected God. Orpah would not leave her home or her idol gods to serve the one, true God. Likewise, some people won’t give up the world because they are afraid of being scoffed by relatives and friends. But if you want to be blessed, you have to be where God wants you. And as children of God, we should want to take advantages of the blessings He has for us. (See 2 Peter 1:4)
In the story of Ruth, Boaz can also represent Christ. Boaz would not allow his faithful workers to go empty handed. When we are in need, God will lead someone to help or guide us if we would just be faithful and obedient. When your are in the right field, God will bless your abundantly! (see Psalms 126:6)
In order to receive blessings from God, we also must be obedient to Him. God instructs the church not to have spiritual fellowship with the world. (see 2 Corinthians 6:14) We have to follow ALL of God’s instructions. There are no blessings in circumventing His word.
Ruth was blessed because she followed instructions and was faithful. Likewise, we must do the same in our walk with God. Ruth could have been like Orpah and went a different direction. However, Ruth chose to stay with Naomi and follow God. We must also follow God, even when we see others reject Him. If we, however, commit to living according to God’s word and to keeping our place in Christ, God’s blessings will surely come!