Updated on January 6, 2014
Chronological Bible: March 20, Reward won in quiet obedience…
- Ruth 1:1-4:22
The book of Ruth: a story of redemption, of a prodigal family returning to the land the Lord provided, and humbling themselves to the will of God. The stories and comparisons seem endless. What stands out to me today is this: Ruth just did what she thought was right at the time. Choice upon choice, she chose. She followed, she gathered, and she listened to her mother-in-law. As a foreigner, she had to know how the Israelites would treat her. She remained faithful to her mother-in-law and gleaned in the fields for their provision.
“And Boaz answered and said to her, ‘It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.'” –Ruth 2:11-12, NKJV
The Lord rewarded what was done in the quiet. Along the road, Ruth chose. When nobody was around, she chose faithfulness. In the cave, Ruth chose to provide for her family. In the quiet, Ruth couldn’t know her choices would be revealed. But they were.
What was done in the quiet was proclaimed among the people. And it led to the Lord’s reward.
Whatever choice is before you, you need not proclaim it in the streets. Make your choices. QUietly continue on your way. And when the Lord sees fit, He will be glorified as He rewards your faithfulness.