Trusting and Relaxing

You may not have thought about this very much, but when we release all of our needs into our Father’s hands and trust He is able — and willing — to come to our rescue, amazingly, the Holy Spirit gives us strength to “carry on.” That sounds hokey, doesn’t it? But it isn’t at all. I am thinking of Ruth as an example of this kind of trust.

Let me give you a quick overview of the story. After Ruth’s husband died, Ruth lived with her mother-in-law, Naomi. Naomi was worried about Ruth’s welfare and future. So she advised Ruth to lie down at the feet of the wealthy Boaz and ask him to fulfill his obligation to her as her kinsman.

That evening, after the day’s winnowing was finished, Boaz lay down “at the end of the heap of corn” (Ruth 3:7) and pulled a blanket over him. The next morning, he woke up startled, finding a woman lying at his feet. (I be he was “startled.” But rest easy, there was nothing immoral about Ruth’s presence there).

Ruth said to him, “Spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman” (Ruth 3:9). Yeah, it sounds rather odd, but in essence she was saying, “Will you take on the obligation of a relative for me? Will you provide for me?” She actually was asking, “Will you marry me?”

I remember that the first time I read this story, I thought Ruth was quite a manipulative wench. But that wasn’t the case at all. She wasn’t manipulating the situation. or anything. She and Naomi had done everything in divine order. We can be sure of this, because Christ’s lineage came through Ruth. When Ruth returned home Naomi asked her, “Who art thou, my daughter?” (3:16). In other words, she was asking, “Should I call you ‘engaged‘ Ruth? Or are you still ‘widowed‘ Ruth?”

Ruth told Naomi all that had happened. But listen to Naomi’s godly advice: “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how it turns out. The man won’t rest unless he settles this matter today” (Ruth 3:18). Naomi had prayed about the whole issue, asking the Lord to direct their steps, and He provided the wisdom she needed. He reminded her of the law of the kinsman-redeemer (which was a type and foreshadowing of Christ). So Naomi’s heart was settled. She had absolute confidence that she and Ruth had done their part. Now it was time to sit still and trust their God to perform what he had promised. She was saying, “It’s all in the Lord’s hands now, Ruth. Just relax and be calm.”

A calm and peace settled over Naomi’s house. Nobody was in a frenzy, biting their fingernails and wondering, “Will God do it? When will it happen?” No, no. These two faithful women were able to relax, sing and praise the Lord for His goodness!

The Living Bible renders Psalm 116:7-8 as:

People who trust the Lord do not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For they are settled in their minds that Jehovah will take care of them. That is why they are not afraid but can calmly face their circumstances (Psalm 116:7-8)

My friend, have you prayed about you situation? Have you trusted your Lord to move on your behalf? Then you are ready to sit still and “see the salvation of the Lord“! He has everything under control!

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