Proverbs 31:17 (NIV)
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
That sure describes Ruth, our woman of the Bible for this lesson. She worked day after day gleaning the left-over barley from the harvest in Boaz's fields to feed her mother-in-law and herself. Ruth is a generous, determined, loyal, patient, strong and loving woman. The way she cares for her mother-in-law is a lesson we can learn from.
Boaz, a kinsman, later takes Ruth as his wife and she gives birth to Obed. She is not a young woman, estimated to be about 90 years old. She is not the only women of the of Bible to conceive at an old age. Their son, Obed becomes the father of Jesse who becomes the father of David and so the lineage of Jesus begins. Some say this is the purpose of the Book of Ruth to show the lineage of David.
I love how God shows that everyone, regardless of race, nationality, status or gender is important to Him and how He uses "little" things to accomplish His great plans.
1. God's love for everyone
2. God's great plans
3. The Book of Ruth's inspiration
I have not stopped giving thanks for you,
remembering you in my prayers.