Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tues., 8/9/11 Devotion (Ruth 2:12)

Today's encouragement comes from some of Boaz' words to Ruth, as they are found in Ruth 2:12:

"The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge."

It is good for us to come under God's wings for refuge. How did Ruth do this? She forsook her native land and its gods and idols, and she joined herself to God's covenant people. God's refuge includes the pro-
vision of family, food, clothing, housing, community, and security. Ruth's willingness to come under God's wings was richly rewarded by many good blessings.

Let us not be ashamed to come under God's protection and provision. We are needy; He is the only One who can take care of us.

[Puritan quote of the day: "Happiness and rest are what all men pur-
sue. But the things of the world, wherein most men seek it, can never afford it. They are laboring and spending themselves in vain." --Jona-
than Edwards, in his sermon entitled, "The Peace which Christ
Gives . . . "]