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7 Things Women of Today Can Learn From Ruth

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A brief background of Ruth to appreciate her story:

Ruth is not your ideal woman.

She was a Moabite. Moabites were descendants of Lot from an incestuous relationship with his oldest daughter. 

Ruth was looked down upon because she was a woman (women were once considered a property, a little higher than cows in their society)

She’s a widow.

She remained faithful to her mother-in-law, Naomi. Braving the nasty things people said about her and the cruel treatment she received, she went out to glean the barley fields of her late husband’s kin Boaz.

Boaz heard of Ruth’s goodness from his people. 

Boaz saw how Ruth cared for her mother-in-law.

Boaz had known Ruth’s loyalty, diligence, determination, and perseverance.

Naomi advised Ruth to dress up and sleep at Boaz’s feet. 

The rest as they say is history.

Here are 7 Things We Can All Learn From Ruth:

1. Ruth’s priority was on a life of service.

Ruth didn’t wait for someone to redeem her after her husband died leaving her with no children. Sort out your priorities. Don’t wait for other people—especially for men to validate your existence.

2. Loyalty and selflessness are always rewarded.

She cared for Naomi and never left her side which eventually led her to Boaz.

3. Be confident with who you are.

Ruth never let rumors and gossip stop her from going out there and getting what she needed. She ignored the whispers. She knew she was being judged because she didn’t fit in with society’s standards. She had more important things to think about; she had no time for petty things and petty people. 

4. Be diligent, persevering, and determined.

Ruth worked harder than the others, which Boaz noticed.

5. Be a woman of character.

Boaz told Ruth: “All my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman.” What can be more flattering than that? 

You can’t control your reputation, because everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.

You can’t control other people’s impression of you. Don’t even waste your time trying. Been there and done that. However, you do have full and total control of your own character. 

Be someone your Boaz can be proud of. Be someone you yourself can be proud of. 

Carry yourself with dignity.

6. Stop chasing people.

Don’t be desperate. Boaz praised Ruth’s loyalty saying, “You have not gone after a younger man, whether rich or poor.” 

7. Follow the advice of the wise.

Ruth knew she could trust Naomi so she followed her advice. Which turned out to be an effective one because Boaz married her after that.

Ruth may not be every man’s fantasy girl, but she’s every man’s ideal wife, judging by her character.

People might have treated her like trash, but her character shined so brightly that a man of integrity like Boaz saw what a gem she was.

Don’t just sit there and wait around for your Boaz. Ruth never did. 

She lived a life of service and the Lord rewarded her.

For He is faithful, and His timing is perfect.

52 Comments

52 Comments

  1. Jamie Cline

    April 5, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Beth Blackwell Pace I still remember your message on Ruth

  2. Tiffany Taylor

    April 3, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Michelle Killingham

  3. Romy Wismeier

    April 3, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    There is a book called: lady in the waiting
    Its for single christian women and all looks at the life of Ruth!!
    I would recomend it to all you beautifull christian single ladies (even those in a relationship want to read it)
    Im reading it now and it completely changed the way i look at being single

  4. Paula Maples

    April 3, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    I love the story of Ruth.

  5. Sandra Ayers

    April 3, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Reading the Bible brings me JOY and comfort!❤

  6. Amanda Roosendaal

    April 3, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Katja Weise

  7. Arianne Wadkins

    April 3, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Megan Teeple

  8. Jamillah Clare

    April 3, 2017 at 3:31 pm

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  9. Karen Cobb

    April 3, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Boaz is written inside my husband’s wedding band

  10. Alycha Koroluk

    April 3, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Charlene Hagerman

    • Charlene Hagerman

      April 4, 2017 at 2:48 am

      Love this and love you my beautiful daughter! You have Ruth qualities, I am so proud of the woman that you are and to be your mama bear

  11. Iyabode Omobolaji

    April 3, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Amen

  12. Chloé Natacha Dendelé

    April 3, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Ruth Olsen ❤❤❤

  13. Tia Barnett

    April 3, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Farielle Louise Ngamakala xx

  14. Yulia Woolley

    April 3, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Wonderful

  15. Che Tatel-Peñarroyo

    April 3, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Hanna Pedreso Karol Paulene Eslava Miljen Formanes Andeng Noble Hazel Shy Arra Constantino Arra Constantino

  16. YaYa Mohutsiwa

    April 3, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Amen! beautiful story

  17. Sandra Maorere

    April 3, 2017 at 4:39 am

    amen

  18. Ong Victorious

    April 3, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Hallelujah !!! Praise The Lord !!!❤✡

  19. Shari Somerville

    April 3, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Wise words indeed.

  20. Natalie Johse

    April 3, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Sherri Brown Stegall, I wasn’t there last Thursday but thought this might have been some things covered…..???

  21. Lorraine Frances Smalls

    April 3, 2017 at 2:56 am

    YES RUTH LOVED HER MOTHER IN LAW….SHE WAS OBEDIENT….SHE WAS HUMBLE….SHE WAS FAITHFUL…..SHE LABORED HARD…..SHE WAS EAGER TO KNOW GOD…..AND SHE CAPTURED HER BOAZ HEART……AMEN…..

  22. Judy Penelope

    April 3, 2017 at 2:37 am

    I like tge story oc Ruth and the way she led her life all the way with her mother in law Naomi till she net Boaz.

  23. Trina Ceña Lamorena

    April 3, 2017 at 2:32 am

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  24. Marie-ruth Egue

    April 3, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Thank you a lot

  25. Tif Johnson

    April 3, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Shelby Johnson

  26. Ellah Reu Cabaya

    April 3, 2017 at 12:25 am

    I like the character of Ruth…inspiring…Amen

  27. Erinn Steger

    April 3, 2017 at 12:13 am

    I love this♥

  28. Kenya Nicole

    April 3, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Wonderful. Amen

  29. Patricia Brown McCray

    April 2, 2017 at 11:46 pm

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  30. Karen Bieker

    April 2, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    I love the story of Ruth, Esther, Mary…wonderful women of the Bible. This devotional is very true. A godly man truly does seek a woman of godly character patterned after the life of Jesus. When your light shines, God is pleased but people do watch. Men do want the real woman….if they are not of the world.

  31. Sandy Arnold

    April 2, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Amen to that!!!

  32. Bret Nystrom

    April 2, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Olivia Nystrom

  33. Nicole Wilkins Hammons

    April 2, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Ada Lavinia

  34. Cathy Ume

    April 2, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Amen.

  35. Rhondeen Nicole

    April 2, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I hate hearing about Ruth…I like her story but they said don’t be desperate but ignore that she slept at his feet….she put herself out there…she did not wait to be approached

    • Danny Or Maripat Herring

      April 2, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      He had already approached her in the fields. She was being obedient to her mother-in-law who knew the customs. These were her people, not Ruth’s.

    • Rhondeen Nicole

      April 2, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      He already wanted her? Where does it say that?

    • Danny Or Maripat Herring

      April 2, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      Boaz didn’t act on anything until after he made sure that the proper people had been contacted. Another man was a closer relative and he wanted Ruth as well but he had children and he decided not to take Ruth for his wife as it would decrease his children’s inheritance. Boaz knew Ruth was a woman of character and as soon as he could legally marry her, he did. And God honored that union with a child.

    • Rhondeen Nicole

      April 2, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      I remember that part….my thing is Ruth had already laid at his feet

    • Danny Or Maripat Herring

      April 2, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      At her mother-in-law’s instruction.

    • Stacey McDaniel

      April 2, 2017 at 11:55 pm

      This bible commentary might bring some clarity to why this custom was acceptable and appropriate for Noami to suggest and for Ruth to follow: http://biblehub.com/commentaries/ruth/3-4.htm. Boaz and Ruth’s union ultimately led to the birth of David and later Jesus. I wouldn’t expect God to bring Boaz and Ruth together under ordinary circumstances. Or to record their relationship in scripture if there wasn’t something about it that required blind faith to accept, even if we don’t understand.

    • Shirley Womack Calhoun

      April 3, 2017 at 2:07 am

      but it was the way things were done back then & actually Boaz had already saw Ruth in the field & told his workers to leave grain for her

      … I don’t really like about the mother in law… I had a mother n law like Marie on ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’

    • Rhondeen Nicole

      April 3, 2017 at 2:48 am

      Lol

    • Shirley Womack Calhoun

      April 3, 2017 at 3:37 am

      Rhondeen Nicole It does read it again… its a good story …HABN

  36. Kim Colclough

    April 2, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Lia Wilkins

  37. Terry Daley

    April 2, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you Jesus Amen

  38. Joanna L Kearns

    April 2, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    THANKGOD THIS IS FINALLY SOMETHING OTHER THAN TROUBLE !

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