“Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee? And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor. Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.” Ruth 3:1-3
Naomi’s plan was working. Ruth had found favour in the eyes of Boaz, and now it came time for Ruth to step out in faith. Naomi told her that she must go to the threshing floor at night. There were steps she must take to prepare. Let’s look at them and gather some lessons from them.
- Cleansing – she was to wash herself. When approaching Christ, we need to let the water of His Word cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- Anointing – using precious perfumes or oils. We come to the Lord in prayer, worship, spending time in His presence.
- Clothing – she would put aside her work clothes and put on fresh garments. We must clothe ourselves in the robe of righteousness that the Lord has provided, in humility and holiness.
- Sifting – she was to go to the place where the barley was sifted. So, we ask the Lord to search our hearts and remove what is not pleasing to Him.
- Timing – She was to wait for the perfect time. So, we wait on God’s timing, not trying to work things out ourselves, but trusting Him.
Boaz accepted her and did what was needed for him to become the kinsman-redeemer. Because of Ruth’s submission to Naomi’s Spirit-led instructions, she became the bride of Boaz.e
Christ, like Boaz, will fulfill His obligations to His bride. He will not quickly brush over one detail of our character and personality in order to fulfill His purpose. He is preparing His bride, making us ready for our heavenly home.
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.” Revelation 19:7
Prayer: Jesus, we thank you that you have invited us to be part of your bride. Help us to follow your instructions that we may be ready when you call.
Devotion by Anne Johnston