April 20 – Ruth 2:17-23

April 20 – Ruth 2:17-23

17 So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. 18 And she took it up and went into the city. Her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She also brought out and gave her what food she had left over after being satisfied. 19 And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where did you glean today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man who took notice of you.” So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, “The man's name with whom I worked today is Boaz.” 20 And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “May he be blessed by the Lord, whose kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead!” Naomi also said to her, “The man is a close relative of ours, one of our redeemers.” 21 And Ruth the Moabite said, “Besides, he said to me, ‘You shall keep close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest.’” 22 And Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, “It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, lest in another field you be assaulted.” 23 So she kept close to the young women of Boaz, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests. And she lived with her mother-in-law.

I love verse 20. Now God’s plan is beginning to solidify. Ruth and Naomi realize how kind this man has been. Naomi sees her God at work and begins to realize the provisions God has made for these two widowed women. Her bitterness must begin to diminish.

May you and I keep our eyes open for God’s plan at work. What a blessing it is when we watch a plan unfold that can only be the hand of God. Praise by to our Lord.


Heavenly Father, we always seem to need to receive evidence of Your love to feel Your peace and put away our bad feelings.  Help me to see and feel and remember how very much You love me so I can praise You and show Your love to others every single day.  I know You are working things out for the best for Your kingdom, and even if it isn’t what I want, I know I need to focus on wanting Your best, not what I think it is.  Thank You for showing me love every day, even when I don’t deserve it.  I know I never truly deserve anything You give me.

In Jesus’ name.



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