Ruth 2:1-12 NIV
Back in Bethlehem, Ruth asks Naomi’s permission to glean fields. When Boaz, (the owner of the field), notices Ruth, he inquires of her and then request that she not glean in any other field. Boaz expresses a special interest in Ruth. Ruth said to Boaz, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me-a foreigner?” v.10 Ruth had found favor in Boaz’s because he had “heard” about her and Naomi. Boaz hoped for the blessings of the Lord to be on Ruth because of this.
Quite often, when the word “heard” is used in the context of reporting, it has a negative connotation. However, what Boaz had “heard” about Ruth was positive. Reflecting on my attitude towards my mother-in-law, what would others “hear” about us? Comparing Ruth and I for the sake of my heart being changed so that I too may find protective providence under the wings of the Lord. V.12
It had been “heard” that Ruth left her father, mother, and homeland to dwell in a place with people who were not her own with her mother-in-law after her husband’s death.v.11 People would “hear” that Larie, (yeah, that’s me J), chose to go back to her homeland with her father, mother and own people. She doesn’t even communicate with her.
By choosing to stay with Naomi, Ruth had taken refuge under the wings of God. Ruth, as a Moabite, did not worship God, but she chooses to leave behind what she is accustomed to. This is her act of faith. I already claim this protection, but sadly, my faith is not like Ruth’s!
Application: When people “hear” about us, it will be because of the good that I speak of and do for my mother-in-law.