You Don’t Have To Live Life Empty | Ruth: The Road To Redemption, Part 3

November 19, 2023   /   Crosstown Alliance Church

Ruth: The Road to Redemption, pt 3 – “You don’t have to live life empty”

Ruth 2:23

So she kept close to the young women of Boaz, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests. And she lived with her mother-in-law.

Mistakes we make in the past often leave us feeling hopeless for the future.

God offers us a future despite our failures.

1. Naomi’s Plan (A Bold Idea)

Ruth 3:1-4

Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, should I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you? 2 Is not Boaz our relative, with whose young women you were? See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. 3 Wash therefore and anoint yourself, and put on your cloak and go down to the threshing floor, but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 4 But when he lies down, observe the place where he lies. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down, and he will tell you what to do.”

2. Ruth’s Obedience (A Faith-Filled Risk)

Ruth 3:5-7

And she replied, “All that you say I will do.” So she went down to the threshing floor and did just as her mother-in-law had commanded her. 7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then she came softly and uncovered his feet and lay down.

3. Boaz’s Integrity (A Worthy Man)

Ruth 3:8-9

At midnight the man was startled and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet! 9 He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.”

Deuteronomy 25:5

If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead man shall not be married outside the family to a stranger. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her as his wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her.

Ruth 3:10-14

10 And he said, “May you be blessed by the Lord, my daughter. You have made this last kindness greater than the first in that you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich.11 And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman. 12 And now it is true that I am a redeemer. Yet there is a redeemer nearer than I. 13 Remain tonight, and in the morning, if he will redeem you, good; let him do it. But if he is not willing to redeem you, then, as the Lord lives, I will redeem you. Lie down until the morning.” 14 So she lay at his feet until the morning, but arose before one could recognize another. And he said, “Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.”



Application: 

Even when we don’t always get it right, God can always make it right.

This doesn’t give you permission to be stupid but it does remind you to trust that God is sovereign.

Next Steps

1. Wait on God

Ruth 3:18

She replied, “Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest but will settle the matter today.”

Psalm 27:14

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

2. Be willing to take some faith-filled risks

Genesis 19:30-33

Now Lot went up out of Zoar and lived in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to live in Zoar. So he lived in a cave with his two daughters. 31 And the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man on earth to come in to us after the manner ofall the earth. 32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.” 33 So they made their father drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father. He did not know when she lay down or when she arose.

There are times in life when you can’t always see the plan but you can take a step.

Don’t let the possibly of a wrong decision keep you from moving in the right direction.

3. Trust in God’s loving kindness

Ruth 3:15-18

And he said, “Bring the garment you are wearing and hold it out.” So she held it, and he measured out six measures of barley and put it on her. Then she went into the city. 16 And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “How did you fare, my daughter?” Then she told her all that the man had done for her, 17 saying, “These six measures of barley he gave to me, for he said to me, ‘You must not go back empty-handed to your mother-in-law.’”

Ruth 1:21

I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?”

You don’t have live life empty anymore!

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