Day 24~ A Woman after God's Own Heart!

Scripture Reading: Ruth 2:1–13

Ruth was a woman with a humble heart—a trait that’s a companion virtue of gratitude. She didn’t claim her rights. She didn’t insist that Boaz provide her a living by letting her glean in his fields. And because she relinquished her demands for certain expectations, she was able to be genuinely thankful when she actually did receive the blessing of his generosity.
Too many of us live with a chip on our shoulder, as if the world owes us something. “You ought to do this for me. You ought to serve me. You ought to meet my needs.” But the humble heart—the grateful heart—says, “I don’t deserve this, and it’s an amazing act of grace that you should minister to my needs.”

Ruth just went out to serve with a humble, thankful heart. And as a result, God made sure her needs were met. He’ll do the same for you.

Who do you know who consistently exhibits a grateful spirit? What is it about them that makes them so remarkable? What can you learn from their example?

Pray for a Grateful Heart
Lord Jesus, I desperately want to live like You did—as a Servant who came to give Your life as a ransom for others. Show me how to serve others and lay down my demands so that others would be blessed. Cultivate in me a heart of humility and gratitude that looks to give instead of get. Thank You!

Life Application:

Recently, I've been doing a Bible Study book on the book of Ruth and it has been very encouraging to me. It has helped me see that the circumstances of our lives don't need to rule our actions. Ruth had the same trials and afflictions as Naomi. She dwelt in the land of Moab, during the time of the famine. She lost her husband, her father in law, and brother in law to the famine, and then her sister in law left her as well. There she was, all alone, with her Mother in law. She had no knowledge of the future. She couldn't read the next chapter of her life and see what she was supposed to do next. All she knew was that she trusted God, and that He was faithful to provide for her in the past, and that He would be faithful in the future. 

Gratefulness is not the natural response to these kind of trials. Naomi experienced the same things Ruth did, and yet we see her reaction to be very different from Ruth's. "So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi? And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full and the Lord hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?" Ruth 1:19-21 Naomi became bitter with God when she was faced with trials. She choose to blame God instead of trust Him. And this is the natural response to afflictions. We look for someone else to blame. 

But let's get back to Ruth. What she did not only changed her life, and Naomi's life, but it changed the course of history forever. She choose to be grateful for God's mercy in sparing her life, and she choose to move ahead in life with bold confidence, all the while yielding every step to God in obedience. She knew that as C.H. Spurgeon said, “God is too good to be unkind. He is too wise to be confused. If I cannot trace His hand, I can always trust His heart.”

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