Ruth was a keeper. Something about her character distinguished her from the other young women and drew the attention of Boaz, her mother-in-law’s near-kinsman. The book of Ruth tells the beautiful story of how the couple met and eventually married. Boaz obtained the right to marry Ruth because he purchased the land of her mother-in-law’s deceased husband. The redemption of this property allowed Ruth, as Boaz’s wife, to enjoy all the benefits due to the property’s owner.

After Ruth and Boaz were married, the book of Second Ruth records that one day Ruth noticed her supply of fresh grains had run low. The next morning, she woke up early and started gleaning in the fields again. She was absolutely thrilled to return to work. . . .

If you are wondering which Bible I have been studying from, the truth is you won’t find Second Ruth in the Bible because it doesn’t exist. Ruth never had to glean in the fields. She had no reason to waste her time gleaning, because she was now the owner of the estate.

Let’s make the application to our own lives: If we are Christians, we have been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ; therefore, we need not live as spiritual paupers, tentatively asking God for things He has already promised us. We are children of the King of Kings, and we have been given access to His throne with our petitions. It is high time we begin taking advantage of the storehouse of riches available to us.

Are you fretful because your department at work is closing? Stand upon the King’s promise of provision for your needs in Matthew 6:30–34. Do you feel discouraged because you have failed God or others? The King has promised to uphold you with His hand in Psalm 37:24. Don’t ask God for these things; claim them, for they are rightfully yours through the merits of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the yes to every promise of God. – William Barclay

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.