Saturday, December 3, 2011

You Are Not Ruth

2nd Timothy 2:15-Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.

Ruth 1:16-But Ruth replied, "Don't ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.

More than a few women are waiting on a Boaz, sitting and daydreaming of the man God will send and the love and protection that He will provide.  Here’s the rub…God never promised you a Boaz. He gave a Boaz to Ruth because she was prepared for him specifically.

 I get the sentiment behind the desire (I am a single woman desirous of marriage too) but we’re as off on this whole mindset as we are with “Jesus is my husband.” It’s a mindset wise women must resist and  get rid of and instead study the book of Ruth in context. Study it and examine what made Ruth a woman prepared to be wife to Boaz. Read the entire book of Ruth and you will see that Ruth:
  • Had a  loving and kind servant’s heart and was living a submitted life to lawful authority.
  • She did not leave her responsibilities when things got rough.
  • She did as guided experience told her to not as she wanted/thought.
  • She had a loving, kind personality and expressed herself with respect.
  • She worked hard on her own, needing no motivation save her love for her mother-in-law.

Is that you “waiting on Boaz” woman? Examine your life today. Are you able to be rescued and then add to not subtract from a Boaz?  Look at the man Boaz was. Read about him and you will see:

  • He was a business man, on assignment and BUSY.
  • He knew what to do and what was right by law, was and could exercise lawful authority.
  • He told Ruth what to do from the minute she was presented to him.
  • He took time to consider the right way to bring her into his life and cover her.
  • He respected her and did not take anything from her, he gave.

In studying the word it’s easy to take from it what appeals to our comfort and leave all that other stuff alone. Few desire delayed gratification, discipline, submission, humility and WORK. We want it easy breezy and that’s why so many of us lack peace and fulfillment in life. We take things out of context and build an entire theology around that which is what we want, set not promised expectations on God and get disappointed when He doesn't do as we want, praying despicable prayers to Him that He does not hear nor answer--- if we’re not careful. Not studying and desiring proper application and knowledge of what God's word is saying to YOU personally will make you guilty of not “correctly explaining the word of truth.” To fulfill your desire for a mate/marriage you must be the person the person you hope to attract is attracted to.  You must be prepared and that won’t happen automatically. Get and submit yourself before God and learn the lessons of Ruth in its totality. No longer settle for or parrot the “Boaz for Me” theology.  It’s putting you in a daydream that's not real...which may be why you’re disappointed in God and daydreaming instead of living life as He really has promised you. Beloved, I’m praying with and for you.

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