I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today, is from the book of Ruth 2:12, “The Lord Repay your work, and a full Reward be given to you, by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings, you have come for refuge.” From the above context we understand how Boaz blesses Ruth, a Moabites. who returned to Bethlehem along with her mother in law Naomi, in search of livelihood. Boaz encouraged Ruth, as she was a woman who had a good testimony by saying the above words, “ The LORD repay your work and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel”. We see a new change had come upon her after the death of her young husband; she put her trust in the God of Israel. She gave up all her former associates, now she had come to live in among strangers. She felt very low in her own eyes. So she found protection under the wings of God. Boaz, the citizen of Bethlehem, saluted her with words of tender encouragement; for though he was much older to her, yet he was humble enough to exhort her goodness towards her mother in law. God wants to give her another new life in the strange land , as she had come under the wings of God, for refuge. Boaz knew of Ruth’s commitment to the God of Israel. Wings of God, represents trust and security. And Ruth was overwhelmed by his kindness, and was polite enough to say, “Let me find favour in your eyes.”
Many of you are reading this message with a desire to have a new life. You seem to ask for yourself will it be possible for me to restart my life again. I have lost my life. Will God give me another opportunity? Surely God will bless you with another new life provided you make certain corrections in your life. You need to maintain a good testimony like that of Ruth. Speaking about her, Boaz says, “Blessed are you my daughter, For you have shown me more kindness at the end, than at the beginning. And you did not go after young men whether poor or rich.”’ Now my daughter, “I shall do for you all that you, request, for all the people in the town know that you are a virtuous woman.”
How do the people in your neighbourhood consider you.? How do you converse with them? Is your testimony spotless? If your ways are acceptable and worthy of praise surely God will give you another life which you are looking out for. For He is good to all those who put their trust in Him. God is concerned about your life. He wants to comfort you through this message. There is a secret in the life of Ruth, as to how her life that had almost ended. began to shoot up again. It was her sacrifice. She had left her father, her mother, and the land of her birth, and came with her mother in law to a land and people unknown to her. Are you willing to sacrifice all that is unwanted in your life for the glory of God. Ruth not only maintained a good testimony but also fell under the wings of the Lord God of Israel, for refuge. And so God had already prepared a relative who came forward to give her new life.
Ruth’s commitment to the God of Israel, was the cause for her to rebuild her life. The Bible says , “ I will repay your work.”A reward according to your work will be given to you. May be you are reading this message in the midst of agony and broken life. God wants to rebuild your life, re establish your life that has been uprooted or plucked out. For God says in the Bible, For I will set My eyes, on them for good, and I will build them and not pull them down, and I will plant them and not pluck them up.”’ May the Lord help you to set a good testimony. Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord we thank You for rewarding Ruth according to her work. Help us to be like Ruth and hold a good testimony before others. To mend our ways and also practice, self sacrifice in our lives. Teach us to live for others and not be self oriented. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.