Tuesday, 12 October 2010

God Is Behind Your Increase

The story of Ruth in the Bible is so amazing. She worked as a gleaner in a barley field from morning till evening. Ruth was a Moabitess, a race of people that had found severe displeasure with the Lord for several reasons. The Moabites where cursed by the Lord because of their perverse beginnings, (the story of Lot and his daughters after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah) and also because of their pagan beliefs.
To the people of Bethlehem, Ruth was a pagan stranger that had no relations aside from her mother-in-law, and certainly no man to speak for her. She was hard-pressed to find food for Naomi and herself. She went out to the fields to glean wheat, and found a field that belonged to a man named Boaz. She worked hard and only stopped to rest once or twice, for fear of trouble from the men in the field. When he learned of her history, Boaz told her not to leave his field to glean wheat elsewhere, and offered her food and water for her meal. He also told the men to leave her some extra wheat in the field behind them for her to gather. This resulted in Ruth being able to glean the equivalent of 10 days’ supply of barley in one day. From these we can see that due to Boaz’s intervention that Ruth ended up with so much.
Jesus, our heavenly Boaz, does the same thing for us today. He causes people to favour us and “drop” blessings on us because He loves us. Then, He causes us to “pick up” these blessings. Often, it happens so naturally we forget that it is the Lord who has blessed us with the increase.
For example, in July this year, I had no money to spend on holiday and someone gave me US$ 2000 for my holiday in UK. Furthermore, whilst in UK, a lady presented me with 3 bottles of my favourite ‘Poison’ perfume. I could not afford 3 bottles all at once, but now I have a year’s supply! Anyway, this lady has been buying me perfume for over 8 years now. I know this is God’s unmerited favour! I am so grateful.

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