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Twenty-two people in the Bible who had to be more patient than you: Ruth - 21 August 2023

By Xanthe Hancox

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3So wash yourself, put on some perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go where he is threshing, but don't let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. 4Be sure to notice where he lies down, and after he falls asleep, go and lift the covers and lie down at his feet. He will tell you what to do.”

Ruth 3:3-4GNBOpen in Bible reader

Ruth’s journey began with loss – she became a widow. However, instead of returning to her mother’s home, she chose to stay with her mother-in-law, Naomi. Ruth’s decision to remain by Naomi’s side showcased her loyalty and commitment, setting the stage for God’s unfolding plan.

As the story unfolds, we see Ruth’s patient spirit guiding her steps. Boaz, a kinsman-redeemer, held the key to her future. Naomi’s wise counsel led Ruth to a moment of patient anticipation. In Ruth 3:4, we see her willing to wait until the right moment to approach Boaz. This act was not just about romantic interest; it was a demonstration of her trust in God’s providence.

Ruth’s story shows us that patience isn’t passive; it’s an active expression of faith. Ruth didn’t just sit back; she took steps, rooted in faith, to follow God’s leading. Her patient pursuit was marked by her unwavering belief that God was orchestrating the details of her life for a purpose far greater than she could imagine.

The culmination of Ruth’s patience came as Boaz acknowledged her loyalty and asked to marry her. Her life, once marked by grief and uncertainty, was transformed by God’s providence and her steadfast faith.

Like Ruth, we may face periods of waiting, longing, and seeking God’s direction. In those moments, let us be assured us that God’s timing is impeccable, and he is at work, even when we cannot see the full picture. As we navigate life’s twists and turns, may Ruth’s patient spirit remind us to actively wait, to trust in God’s leading, and to be open to the unexpected blessings that his timing brings.

Prayer: Gracious God, teach us to actively wait with unwavering faith. May our lives reflect a patient spirit that seeks your direction and trusts in you. Just as Ruth’s story testifies to your faithfulness, may our stories also declare your goodness. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen

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