Ruth 2:8-10 “Then Boaz said to Ruth, ‘You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay (abide) close by my young women. Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.’ So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, ‘Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?'”
Jehovah-Jireh provides favor with those in authority over me. How often have I asked for grace in the eyes of teachers, bosses, bus drivers, clerks, and friends? Quite often. Why? Because I know that the Lord has a hand that can touch even the cold hardened heart and move it in favor of His children. Take the story of Joseph (Genesis 37, 39-45). After his brothers sold him in secret to slave traders, he ended up in Egypt, where the captain of Pharaoh’s personal guard bought him. GOD blessed Joseph there. Then Joseph was falsely accused and put in the royal prison. GOD blessed Joseph there, also. Then Pharaoh, the most powerful individual in the entire known world at that time, has terrible nightmares. GOD gifts Joseph to interpret them and blesses him again! Joseph became the second most powerful man in the entire world! If that’s not the LORD moving in favor for His child, I don’t know what is.
How much more can He work in hearts that are already soft to His Spirit? This was Mary (Luke 1:26-38) and this was Ruth. Ruth wasn’t slacking either. She had set out to glean wherever proved favorable and had worked at this tedious, meticulous job for hours out in the sun. What makes work done in this way different from others is that Ruth was toiling with no promise of pay or reward, no benefits and no familiar faces. Back home this was probably a fun occasion, a day spent with friends celebrating the abundance of their harvest. But not here, as a stranger and an outsider. Serving on the missions field or in the Body is just like this: a selfless sacrifice meant to bless others. In taking and accepting this humble position, however, veteran believers and missionaries notice your heart, can relate to you, and are encouraged by your presence.