God’s Set Up

Ruth 2:16 “Even pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuke her.”

Sometimes God will set you up for a blessing. God can connect you with the right people, the right opened door. Without you even trying to get noticed, God knows how to put a spotlight on you, your business, your talent, skill or your product.

I absolutely LOVE the story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. It’s the story in the Bible found in the book of Ruth. Ruth is going through one of the darkest season in her life. But she remains faithful on so many levels. She remains faithful to God, shows extreme kindness in her relationships and consistent with her responsibilities. Ruth shows up for her responsibilities and God allows her to be noticed by the owner, Boaz. Ruth had a great reputation for the kindness she shown to her mother-in-law. The owner, Boaz, was so moved by her kindness and faithfulness, he went out of his way to position her for a blessing. She received special treatment and protection. Boaz gave an order to his employees to leave grain in Ruth’s way so she would see it and be able to harvest it. This special favor and relationship allowed Ruth to experience a greater harvest than what she would have experienced on her own.

God shares this amazing story with us to let us know that He can bring restoration after great loss. God’s desire is for us to have faith that His favor can open incredible doors and change our circumstances.

These three characteristics will open the door for God’s favor: 
• Remain faithful to God. Don’t allow your trust in God to slip. Stay anchored to God.
• Remain faithful to your relationships. Even in your darkest seasons find ways to be kind to others and ways to be a blessing to someone else.
• Remain faithful to your responsibilities. Keep doing what God has assigned you to do. Ruth may have been poor, but she was willing to leave the house and go out to find food.

God set Ruth up for a blessing that changed her circumstances and her life forever. There were things left for her on purpose, but she had to be willing to show up and pick them up. Allow your faith in God to increase. Believe that He is a God that will reward you for your faithfulness. Let your heart and mind wander about how God can set you up with favor.

God Will Fight For You

Moses and the Israelites are trapped. A huge Egyptian army is rushing toward them and the Red Sea is in front of them. There is literally nowhere for them to go. They can hear a multitude of horse’s hoofs pounding the ground and the footsteps of thousands of soldiers rushing toward them. They can’t escape under, over, to the right or left. They can’t go forward and they for sure are not going backward. They are completely surrounded. I’m not judging these guys, because I’m sure I would be more than a little concerned. My excitement level would be greatly elevated. Take a look at their reaction…

  • They feared greatly. Exodus 14:10
  • They started complaining. Ex. 14:11-12
  • They wanted to go back to being in bondage. Exodus 14:12

This is what fear does:

  1. Fear sends us backward. It causes us to want to retreat.
  2. Fear will always prevent our faith from rising to a level that will allow us to see great miracles.
  3. Fear will cause us to complain and cast blame to others.
  4. Fear will tempt us to live in a familiar place, even if the familiar place is a place of bondage.
  5. Fear will cause us to compromise the promise of God.

Moses addresses the fear issue and encourages them to position themselves to allow God to fight for them. Exodus 14:13-14, “And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”’

  1. Don’t fear. Keep fear out of your emotions. Be emotionally stable.
  2. If you keep your mouth shut, God will fight for you.

They had to stop the fear and shut down the complaining in order for God to fight for them. The wrong focus, the wrong mentality, the wrong words, the wrong language, the wrong conversation will not lead to victory. But the right perspective and attitude will.

Yes, the Egyptian army was great in multitude, but they had God. If you’re going to be trapped by a large army, who would you want to be there with you? How about God? He was there with them. In fact, He was leading them. He led them right to the spot where they were trapped. Look at what God was doing for them:

  • God was speaking. He was giving them step by step instructions on what to do. Exodus 14:13-15
  • God was sending an angel before them. Exodus 14:19
  • God moved a huge cloud that stood between Israel and the Egyptian army. Exodus 14:19-20
  • God sent the wind to push back the sea so the Israelites could walk across the sea on dry ground. Exodus 14:21-22

If God led them to it, then He can lead them through it. Our perspective should be when we feel like we are surrounded… God is always greater than our opposition.

Let God fight for you today. Keep fear out and keep your faith at optimum level. Keep your emotions stable, stand firm, keep silent and God will fight for you.

Another key verse in this context is Exodus 14:15, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.” I love that. Quit your crying and move forward. I believe our call to action is to move forward in trust and faith. Trust God more than you fear the outcome of your circumstances. You may feel surrounded on every side. You may be bombarded by difficulty, but trust God. God will Fight For You.