Don’t Sweat It, Rest!

Ruth 3:18
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.”
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God does not want you to “sweat”.
Sweat here does not refer to your
body’s perspiration, but your self-
reliance or self-effort. God 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 works
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.
This was what happened to Ruth in the
Old Testament. After laboring in the
barley fields from morning to evening,
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 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! When
Ruth sought her own blessing, she
obtained only one ephah. But when
she sought the blesser, she received
much more.
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 barley man himself, married Ruth.
(Ruth 4) That meant no more
measured wealth of six ephahs, but
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 work on our behalf. What do we
do then? We just trust in and enjoy His
love for us.
Beloved, stop striving and be at rest. If
salvation, the greatest work, comes to
us by resting in Jesus’ finished work,
how much more will all the other
blessings?

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Thought For The Day
If salvation, the greatest work, comes
into our lives just by us resting in Jesus’
finished work, how much more will all
the other blessings?

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