Now it happened at midnight that the man was startled, and turned himself; and there, a woman was lying at his feet. Ruth 3:8
Ruth, my all-time favorite Bible character, is a woman with an indomitable spirit. Drawing insights from the book of Ruth, specifically chapter 3, verses 1-8, we will explore her remarkable act of worship in the midst of her own midnight experience.
Despite facing numerous losses and challenges, she remains resilient and obedient to God’s leading. Her journey from Moab to Bethlehem with her grieving mother-in-law, Naomi, showcases Ruth’s unwavering faith and discernment in making a life changing choice. Her determination and willingness to follow God’s guidance set the stage for the remarkable events that unfold in her life.
A Midnight Experience of Worship:
As Ruth arrives in Bethlehem her midnight season continues, she volunteers to work in the field as a gleaner, the occupation of the poor, so that she and her mother-in-law could have sustenance.
Then in obedience to Naomi’s instructions, Ruth goes to the threshing floor where Boaz, a relative, is winnowing barley. It is here that Ruth takes a profound posture of worship. Lying at Boaz’s feet, she positions herself to seek favor and intercede for her future. Symbolically, this act signifies surrender, humility, and reverence.
The Startling Encounter:
At midnight, Boaz awakens and discovers Ruth lying at his feet. This act of worship startles him, and he inquiries about her identity. Ruth’s worshipful posture captures Boaz’s attention, much like our worship has the power to captivate and turn the heart of God. Through her worship, Ruth positions herself to receive Boaz’s guidance and provision.
Positioned for Provision:
Ruth’s act of worship leads to a significant conversation with Boaz. He assures her that he will take care of her requests and protect her. Ruth, in turn, rests in the assurance of Boaz’s commitment.
As believers, we can find solace and rest in knowing that when we worship and surrender to God in our midnight seasons, He is faithful to provide and protect. It is in this posture of rest that Ruth leaves the threshing floor, laden with abundant blessings.
In our midnight seasons, we have a choice: to prostrate ourselves in worship or to succumb to despair. Ruth’s example teaches us the power of worship in the darkest moments of life. By humbling ourselves, seeking God’s favor, and positioning ourselves before Him, we can experience His divine guidance, provision, and protection. Let us follow Ruth’s lead and engage in heartfelt worship, knowing that God hears and responds to our cries. In your midnight season, remember to prostrate yourself in worship, for in doing so, you will encounter the overwhelming blessings of your faithful and loving Kinsman Redeemer.
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