“The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whole wings thou art come to trust.” (Ruth 2:12)
We can receive the sweetness of this blessing. We can relish our work and our lives knowing that this assurance is ours, and it is not a meager promise. Our work, our inspired listening and earnest acting, our God-designed mission and each small moment which contributes to it, is recompensed. It is all given a full compensation, God’s approval which is our substance.
We have come to trust in God’s wings, the expanse of His protection and His comfort, around us and over us. Because of this reliance, we are supplied, we are given every needful thing, including that right and satisfying work which pleases God just as it demonstrates His own goodness and control.
Ruth received this full reward, this acknowledgment of her dedication, her love for God and her family, her devotion to doing what was right, loving, and God-guided. She followed the heart of Love that told her to stay with her mother-in-law after the death of her husband, and to remain faithful to the ideal that she had come to know and love—God and His goodness, Truth, and Love. This trust in Soul’s wings carried her home, to new activities, new life, new love, and a natural and necessary comfort, supply, and peace. We, too, can have such an obedience and trust, and with it the reward that fully satisfies and leads us home to joy.
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