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.
When we give more attention to the problems in our life than we do the blessings in our life, we are training our heart to live in despair. Living everyday wishing you had something different is a miserable life. “Wishing” can be a contagious infection that will leave you with a heavy heart.
- “I wish I made more money”
- “I wish I could get married”
- “I wish I had friends”
- “I wish I lived in a nicer house”
- “I wish I had that job”
This kind of wishing is a waste of time, energy and most of the time only creates more problems. Proverbs 15:15 gives insight to this truth, “For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.”
“Wishing” can keep you stuck in the wrong attitude and rob you from the creativity you need to create a different habit or routine. Daily routines and habits reveal your future. Allowing your heart to be swallowed up by the negative circumstances is the wrong habit and will not fulfill your wish list. However, we can live a satisfied and fulfilling life when we train our heart to be happy. Happiness is not circumstantial, it’s a choice.
We train our heart to be happy by giving more attention and appreciation to the blessings that God has given us.
We can have hope that God has more blessings in store for our future. When we decide to live with a happy heart, we are able to receive the abundant feast that God sends our way.
A happy heart will see opportunities, advancements, a fulfillment of purpose and will have the favor of God. You can train your heart to be happy.
“He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him. (Hosea 6:2)
“and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.” (Matthew 17:23)
I think it’s amazing how God communicates and illustrates His message of hope to us. When we are facing challenges, feeling stuck or even hopelessness; over and over again God is trying to instill faith and hope in us. When you read through God’s Word, His message is clear… “Don’t give up”, “there is still hope”, “I’m The God who works miracles”, “death is not the end”, “I’m The God who gives another chance”, “It’s not over until I say it’s over”.
There is great significance in God illustrating to us the “Third Day.” Many times, God used the three-day period to point to an act of Divine intervention. Think about all of the “Third Day” experiences the Bible records and how God intervened…
- Three men declared to Abraham that his wife Sara who was barren, would bear a son. (Genesis 18:14)
- Jonah spent three days in the belly of a whale and was delivered on the third day. He traveled three days across Nineveh communicating God’s message of repentance, restoration and revival. (Jonah 1:17, 3:3)
- Jesus was missing for three days when He was twelve years old. His parents found Him on the third day. (Luke 2:46)
- Jesus prophesied He would be raised from the dead on the third day (Matthew 16:21, 17:23)
- Saul was blinded for three days. He regained his sight on the third day. (Acts 9:9)
- Abraham traveled for three days on his journey to sacrifice his son Isaac. And God provided a sacrifice for Isaac on the third day. (Genesis 22:4)
- Jesus first miracle was recorded as “there was a wedding on the Third Day”. (John 2:1)
In almost every case where the “third day” is mentioned, God either proclaimed His intervention was on the way or the actual Divine intervention was taking place in the person’s life.
I believe God is communicating to us that we can have a “third day” experience too. Nowhere in the Bible does God give us permission to give up or lose hope. He consistently encourages us to believe.
THREE things to remember about your Third Day:
1. What you are experiencing today doesn’t mean you will experience it for the rest of your life.
- Seasons change.
- God has the authority and ability to turn things around in your life.
- Don’t just wish the bad experience away, start rejoicing that a new season is coming.
- Jesus is the one who can step out of the boat on a stormy sea, and speak peace in the face of the wind. His voice has more authority and power than bolts of lightning and claps of thunder.
2. The enemy of your destiny wants you to believe it’s over.
- Satan and those who hated Jesus, thought it was over when He was hanging on the cross and when they buried Him. But on the “Third Day” they had quite the surprise.
- Failure is not forever.
- Failure is a way for us to learn.
- Failure can make us stronger and more resilient.
- Thomas Edison was a great inventor. He had a lot of success but that success did not come without experiencing failure.
- “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas A. Edison
- “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas A. Edison
3. When you are faithful to believe, and seek God; He is faithful to answer.
- “The faithful love of the LORDnever ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
- “The LORD is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.” (Lamentations 3:25)
- “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
Don’t give up hope. Invite God into your circumstance. He is the key. God has a Third Day for you!