Sit Still, My Daughter

Ruth 3: 13 Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him do the kinsman’s part: but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the Lord liveth: lie down until the morning. 14 And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose up before one could know another. And he said, Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor. 15 Also he said, Bring the vail that thou hast upon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city. 16 And when she came to her mother in law, she said, Who art thou, my daughter? And she told her all that the man had done to her. 17 And she said, These six measures of barley gave he me; for he said to me, Go not empty unto thy mother in law. 18 Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.

Be still, my daughter.  This was advice to someone who really needed it.  Naomi came home almost penniless.  There was very little inheritance left from her husband’s death.  Ruth had married one of Naomi’s sons.  She was from Moab and came home to Bethlehem when Naomi returned after the death of her sons and her husband.  There was not a whole lot to eat. They pretty much lived on the left overs of the gleaners in the field.  Boaz had his gleaners leave some handfuls on purpose for Ruth.  Their future looked bleak.  Ruth kept her virtue and tried to stay true to the Lord.  It was at this time that Naomi told her to be still.

Bethlehem had a place in God’s plan.  Times were hard then.  Times get hard now, but we have to do as Naomi and Ruth did.  Keep things in our minds according to God’s purpose.  The Bible tells us we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Another verse tells us that joy comes in the morning.  God moves the hearts of men according to his will and timeframe.  We have a Savior who will get us through if we sit still and wait on him.  It is hard to keep our focus on the Lord in the environments we find ourselves today.  Many times we feel as if we’ll be swallowed up in all that goes on around us.  Naomi and Ruth were in poverty.  The land was just recovering from years of famine.  Prospects were bleak.  Naomi saw hope in a man named Boaz, but God needed to work things out.  She trusted the Lord to work and waited on his will. That’s what we have to do.  God’s arms are around everything.  In bad times we learn valuable lessons about waiting and trusting in the Lord.  Psalm 46 says be still, and know that I am God.

When Naomi saw the opportunity for Ruth to go to Boaz, she told her what the custom was in order to present herself as a kinsperson.  Naomi knew that if Ruth would do her part, God would work.  As instructed Ruth uncovered the feet of Boaz and laid at them. When he woke and saw her there, he knew what it meant.  Boaz was excited to know that if he bought the land that he would also get Ruth in the deal.  God is good.  With him you get it all!

Boaz knew there was a man closer kin that he was.  He had to be approached.  He told Ruth to hold open her veil and he filled it with barley.  It was not a lot but it would get them through.  That’s how the Lord works.  He gives us enough.  He sent manna in the wilderness daily to feed his children.  He daily cares for us as well.

Ruth went home.  There was one glitch in the way of Boaz.  She was nervous.  She wanted to know what else to do.  Naomi said sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.  Too often as we wait we get impatient and try something we think will be all right but it hinders God’s plan.  Naomi saw the anxiousness of Ruth and told her to sit still.  She knew that Boaz wouldn’t rest until the matter was settled.  She knew if it was God’s will it would work out.  That’s our advice.  When we’ve done all we can, stand still and wait on the Lord.  Ruth couldn’t get in the way.  When we get out the way and let God work, it works!

Boaz gathered the elders together for witnesses and called the nearer kinsman for a conversation.  He was businesslike when he mentioned the parcel of land that he’d like to buy and that he needed his permission since he was a closer kinsman.  The man decided he did want the land.  At this time Boaz mentioned to him that if he purchased the land that Naomi and Ruth came with it.  That meant some of the man’s inheritance would have to go to them and their heirs.  The man didn’t feel he could handle that responsibility.  Boaz could do it.  God can too.  He can handle it all!

All the while Ruth waited and prayed trusting God to work it out.  The man told Boaz the land was his to take.  Chapter 4 states therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe. And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, of the hand of Naomi. Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day. And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The Lord make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem.  God worked it out!

There is someone close and powerful who can work things out:  God.  He has all power in heaven and earth.  God worked through Boaz.  Ruth followed Naomi’s advice to sit and wait.  By doing so she became the wife of Boaz and the grandmother of David, the King of Israel.  From David would come the Son of God.  Ruth is in the genealogy of Jesus all because she sat still and waited for God to work it out.

We are to do our part—what God asks us to do, but we must wait on God to do his part.  He’ll do it.  Just because we’re to wait and sit still doesn’t mean God is still.  It doesn’t mean he’s not working.  Are you ready to sit still?  If you have need of patience in waiting on the Lord and trusting him to work, now is the time to pray.

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