Then Boaz asked his foreman, “Who is that young woman over there? Who does she belong to?” (Ruth 2:5 NLT)
All the single ladies… all the single ladies… Put your hands up…
Good… I see your hands. Now that I’ve got your attention, you can put them down. LOL. I have a special message for you. Do you know you never know who’s watching? Do you who’s watching you right now?
Here’s Ruth a single lady who could have decided that she would only put on her best behaviour when in church when all the eligible bachelors were watching. No! She decided I’m not just going to sit down there waiting for Mr Right to fall from heaven and redeem me from all my problems. She refused to put her life on hold. She also refused to use her Facebook timeline to give the impression that she spends most of her time attending parties. “What time would you have for our family then?”
And when Boaz eventually locates her, he told her… I… KNOW ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I HAVE HEARD HOW you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers. (Ruth 2:11 NLT). Her good reputation had gone before her to clear the way. What has gone before you?
The Bible says… He who finds a wife finds a good thing… (Proverbs 18:22 NKJV). Ruth was already a wife. The ring on her finger didn’t make her one. She already had a loving heart. She was already hard working. As a potential helpmate to Boaz, she already knew his field so well and he knew for sure she would be nice to his mother. Serving God wasn’t going to be a problem either because she had given up all to follow Him.
Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life… She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. She goes to inspect a field and buys it… She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night… She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy… She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised… (Proverbs 31:10-31 NLT).
Are you this virtuous and capable wife? YOU NEVER KNOW WHO’S WATCHING
PS: YOU ALSO CAN’T FAKE IT (SELAH)