Ruth: Hard Working

“…So she came, and she has continued from early morning until now except for a short rest.”  Ruth 2:7

When I started working full-time I remember some advice I received: “Keep your head down and work hard.”  Basically, it means you work, don’t participate in office gossip, don’t waste time, just work hard.  Now, at the time I worked in an office with 40  women so this was good advice.

Did Ruth work in an office of 40 women.  Not so much, but so far, we have learned Ruth was loyal, determined, and now:  hard-working.  Naomi and Ruth had arrived in Bethlehem to a buzz.  The buzz was all about them.  Imagine if they had social media…#NaomiRuthAreComing.  Naomi was a walking cloud of depression.  She actually told people to call her Mara (Ruth 1:20), meaning, “bitter.”  Wow.  Ruth 2 starts off with Ruth volunteering to get grain from Boaz’s field.  She was not sneaking on the field, the reapers left barley on purpose as part of the law in Leviticus for the poor.  Ruth and Naomi are certainly poor at this time.  But someone caught Boaz’s attention because he asked his worker who the young woman in the field was.  I love the worker’s response, “She is the young Moabite woman, who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab.”  His response alone gives us some insight on how much people were talking about Ruth and Naomi.  However, scripture does not say Ruth contributed to this talk, she kept her head down and worked hard.

1.  Have you ever had a work environment that was hard to work in?
2.  Was there a benefit from keeping your head down and working hard?
3.  Pray that God will bless your work ethic.

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