‘So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife…’ Ruth 4:13 NKJV
In order to prepare Ruth for meeting Boaz, her future husband, Naomi taught her two important principles about succeeding in life:
(1) You must have the right attitude. Naomi said to Ruth, ‘…anoint yourself…’ (Ruth 3:3 NKJV) In Bible times people anointed themselves with oil in order to be refreshed and renewed. So Ruth was, in essence, adopting the right attitude. If you’re praying for a good job or a suitable partner or about an outcome in a particular area but it hasn’t happened yet, don’t automatically blame Satancheck your attitude. ‘Let God re-mould your minds from within so that you [move]…towards true maturity.’ (Romans 12:2 PHPS) To get the right result, you need the right approach. (2) You must be willing to stand out in the crowd. Naomi instructed Ruth, ‘…put on your best garment…’ (Ruth 3:3 NKJV) But why get dressed up for something that hasn’t happened yet? Because you need to be prepared! When your time comes you must be ready. Ruth’s story teaches us that it’s those who are willing to stand out in the crowd who get noticed. Any time you dress for where you’re going, there’s a good chance you’ll look out of place where you are. That’s okay. Your highest priority should be God’s approval, not man’s. You must know you have a definite destination, otherwise you’ll be tempted to make excuses and try to explain why you’re so different from everyone else. When you know where God is taking you, you won’t care. The truth is, when others look at your preparation they should be in no doubt as to your destination.
SoulFood: Lev 27:30-33, Num 31:48-54, 1 Cor 16:1-3, 2 Cor 9:15