“Also let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her; leave it that she may
glean, and do not rebuke her.” (Ruth 2:16, NKJV)
This verse gives us the account of Ruth, a foreigner in Israel, who is gleaning or
picking up ears of corn, that are left behind by the reapers. Boaz, the owner of the
field, is drawn to her and tells his servants, the reapers, to intentionally and
purposefully drop ears of corn for her to gather as a blessing.
Notice two things about this verse, one, Ruth was not given an abundance at one
time. Just handfuls. Second, Ruth was never told what she was gathering was left
for her “on purpose,” as an intentional blessing.
You know sometimes we begin to doubt, become impatient and even question
God’s love because it seems we are just barely making it from day to day.
Sometimes we measure our blessings by what others have or do not have. Yet, I
want to encourage you to remember, if you are making it from day to day, that also
is a blessing. Sometimes all God gives us is our “daily bread.” Not the abundance
we so often look for. Secondly, you must know that God knows you and what you
are going through and dealing with. He has already assigned an angle to make sure
you have everything you need at the present time.
You may not be living in the abundance right now, but if you just count the
‘handfuls” that you do have, you can still shout and rejoice knowing that God is
taking care of you. Let us praise God that things are as well as they are. We may
not be where we want to be, or have what we want to have, but thank God for the
HANDFULS ON PURPOSE.