8 So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. 9 Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.”
10 At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?”
11 Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. 12 May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”
13 “May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord,” she said. “You have put me at ease by speaking kindly to your servant—though I do not have the standing of one of your servants.”
14 At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come over here. Have some bread and dip it in the wine vinegar.”
Just as Ruth was faithful to Naomi and Naomi's God, so then God rewarded Ruth. She did not just speak the words, she followed by her actions. Our words must be true, our actions must be reflecting what our words are saying. God honors that in this story of great faith.
Boaz knew of Ruth, her sorrow as a widow, her care for her mother-in-law, and her sacrifice of leaving her family and homeland. Boaz says to her "May the Lord repay you for what you have done." If we were repaid for what we have done to others, what kind of reward would we receive? It is a worthwhile thought to consider. In Eph. 6 a verse says "The Lord repays everyone for whatever good he has done."
Challenge yourself to have the right words today and follow by the right actions. Others are watching.
May you be richly rewarded by the Lord today.