Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.” Ruth 3:18
God doesn’t want us to be self-reliant or trusting in our self-effort. God also does not want you to believe that if you don’t do anything, nothing will happen. That may be true for someone without God in his life, but it is not true for you because you have God. And when He is in the picture, the God-factor changes everything.
When you are resting in God, He is working for you. In fact, when He works, you end up with more. He is the one who is giving to you. It is not about you trying to give to yourself. Now pay CLOSE attention to this and let’s get a revelation.
This was what happened to Ruth in the Old Testament. After laboring in the barley fields from morning to evening (from sunup till sundown), she was able to glean ONE ephah of barley (Ruth 2:17), which was equivalent to a 10 day supply of barley. Certainly, this amount was a blessing to her.
But (NOW WATCH THIS), when she rested at the feet of Boaz, her kinsman-redeemer, and did not labor, she received SIX ephahs of barley (Ruth 3:15), which was equivalent to a 60 day supply. Now notice. When Ruth sought her own blessing, she obtained only ONE ephah. But when she sought the BLESSER, she received much more. A 60 day supply instead of a 10 day supply. ARE YOU SEEING THIS?
Ruth’s blessings did not stop there. While Ruth RESTED and SAT STILL as her mother-in-law Naomi had instructed, Boaz, who was the owner of the barley field, went to work, initiating actions, executing them, and speaking on Ruth’s behalf. Right through it all, Ruth SAT STILL and RESTED. Eventually, Boaz (the owner of the business and field) married ruth (Ruth 4).
That meant no more measured wealth of six ephahs, but now the yield of the whole barley field in total. Boaz is a picture of Jesus, our heavenly kinsman-redeemer. When we rest in the Lord, He will not rest. He will be working on our behalf. What do we do then? We just trust in and enjoy His love for us.
Friends, let’s stop striving and trying to create our own blessing and BE AT REST. If salvation, which is the greatest work, comes to us by simply RESTING in Jesus’ finished work, HOW MUCH MORE will all the other blessings we need and desire come? This is a powerful revelation that will change your thinking from now on.