Prayers for the Parched: Ruth’s Humility

Boaz said to Ruth, "Don't Go and Glean in Another Field."

Boaz said to Ruth, “Don’t Go and Glean in Another Field.”

Boaz asked the foreman of his harvesters, “Whose young woman is that?”  The foreman replied, “She is the Moabitess who came back from Moab with Naomi.  She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.’  She went into the field and has worked steadily from morning till now, except for a short test in the shelter.”  So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me.  Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here.”  Ruth 2:5-8


There is never a point in Ruth’s story when she says, “Bummer, I gave up my life in Moab.  I should have gone home to my parents when I had the chance.  There’s no prosperity evident in this country.  I’ve got to go glean in the fields like a poverty stricken person.  I would have thought God would have showed up with some favor and prosperity before now.”

Rather Ruth was humble.  “May I glean in your field?”  God helps the humble.  He gave Ruth protection, favor, Boaz and Obed.


Thank you for Ruth and what a marvelous example she is.

Thank you God for being able to glean in your field

Father, put in me the desire to do and have

The right things                                      (planting seeds)

The right motive                                    (for God’s glory)

The right attitude                                   (humility)

The right heart                                        (heart after God)

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