My child, it is my responsibility to find a husband and place of rest for you—a place where you will find rest and contentment. Ruth 3:1
Home is my favorite place in the world. When work is difficult, when the crowd is noisy and pushy, when I’m tired and grumpy, home is the place that holds my cure. I can rest. There is no pretense at home; mismatched clothes, rumpled hair, bare feet—those are all acceptable at home.
Boaz Offered Ruth Grace
Boaz offered grace and Ruth accepted. That is the beautiful picture painted in the first two chapters of Ruth. The first verse of chapter 3 offers a turning point.
The amazing grace offered by Boaz will turn into rest for Ruth.
God’s Offer Of Grace Is Also An Offer of Rest
God’s grace and offer of salvation is an offer of rest. Have you ever considered God’s offer of salvation an offer to find rest? Boaz offered gracious gifts of favor to Ruth as she gleaned grain in his field. Your Boaz, Jesus, made this offer to you:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)
Jesus Offers Rest From Labor
The second part of the story begins with Naomi telling Ruth; it is time for Ruth to find rest. Just as Boaz offered rest to Ruth, Jesus offers rest to you.
Rest from what?
Rest from your labor.
Ruth spent her days picking up grain just to survive. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but gleaning a field is tedious work. To survive one must pick up enough grain to live while other paupers are doing the same thing, while the harvesters are trying to harvest as much grain a possible. The gleaning takes place in the hot sun. It’s not easy work.
Ruth was in the position of meeting her own needs. Her survival and Naomi’s survival, depended on Ruth’s work.
Boaz comes on the scene and Ruth’s meets her needs through gracious favor.
Jesus, comes on the scene promises all your needs will be met when you seek His kingdom agenda first. You can stop trying to be your own savior when you come to Jesus. You can rest in His loving provision for you.
Rest from your past
Ruth’s husband died at an early age. She was a young widow. She left her homeland following Naomi to a culture very different from her homeland’s culture. Her past left her with a today that was not pleasant.
Does your past chase you today? Are you struggling to untangle a mess from the past? Have the mistakes of yesterday made your today hectic and unpleasant? Boaz was about to change Ruth’s life. Jesus can change your today. The consequences of sin may remain, but the peace and love Jesus gives can provide comfort for your today. Jesus comes to make today new!
Jesus Offers Rest For Your Future
Ruth’s lot in life was that of beggar. There was no ladder of promotion—Ruth was stuck. Her future was bleak. Ruth was going to glean grain for Naomi and herself until Naomi died. Then she would glean grain for herself. That is sad.
Boaz offers Ruth a future. Boaz embodied hope.
Jesus offers you hope—not only for this world but also for the world to come. Jesus’ bountiful grace offers rest for this life and the rest a secure eternity offers.
Little does Ruth know—this kind farmer is about to change her life FOREVER.
Let Jesus change your life. Accept His rest.
Father, Thank You for the rest You offer in Jesus. Teach me to rest in Your grace. Help me understand that You can save me from my past and I can rest secure in the future you offer.