4 Later, when Boaz arrived from Bethlehem, he said to the harvesters, “The Lord be with you.” “The Lord bless you,” they replied. 5 Boaz asked his servant who was in charge of the harvesters, “Whose young woman is this?” 6 The servant answered, “She is the young Moabite woman who returned with Naomi from the territory of Moab. 7 She asked, ‘Will you let me gather fallen grain among the bundles behind the harvesters?’ She came and has been on her feet since early morning, except that she rested a little in the shelter.”
If you want to do something great for God, start by making your bed. If I were to guess, Ruth was the kind of person who woke up each morning and made her bed. We all know those types of people: faithful in the details, dedicated in every circumstance, and consistent in the seemingly mundane. She’s the kind of person you would list as one of your three emergency contacts, right after your mom and brother.
Even after the deaths of her husband, brother-in-law and father-in-law, and a move to Bethlehem, Ruth remained resolute. On the other hand, my bed rarely gets made, and if I stub my toe, you can almost guarantee a bad mood for the rest of the day. I’m just going to make a personal note to read the book of Ruth next time I want to call it quits just because life isn’t going exactly my way.
Daily, I am learning God is good even when I feel bad. Even when I don’t feel like He is there, He always is. I am sure that in the midst of the pain and confusion Ruth was going through, she had no idea that God was weaving together one of the greatest and most famous love stories of all time. Right smack dab in the middle of the monotonous and sometimes even the painful, God scheduled the meeting of Ruth and her future husband, Boaz.
Ruth was devoted to her mission. She wasn’t devoted to a trendy Christian lifestyle, a glamorous calling, or a flashy assignment. She wasn’t devoted just on Wednesdays. She wasn’t devoted only when she could see God move. She was fully devoted and fully faithful. But it doesn’t end there. God was even more devoted to her. He was devoted to every detail of her life, and He saw every outwardly insignificant act of her obedience.
If you want to do something great for God, start by making your bed. It may seem to be a small and unimportant task in the moment, but your faithfulness in the mundane will equip you to be faithful in the big things. God loves details. God is faithful in the details. God is faithful in our consistency, in our mundane, and in every seemingly small and unimportant step of obedience.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Do you believe God is good even when life feels bad?
- How are you being faithful and obedient in the seemingly small things of life?
Pray for our global workers to be drawn to and reminded to worship God daily. Pray that they would have opportunities to worship corporately with other believers. Pray for a sense of connectedness to God and to the Body of Christ across cultures, and reminders that they are part of God’s incredible story.