“So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor…” (Ruth 2:2)
Make sure that what you are doing in planning and preparing for the future is gleaning rather than culling—To glean the best from the past is wisdom, to cull is to repeat old patterns, dry and dusty ways through which the wine skins of tomorrow are broken. To glean is to make the inward journey toward the blessing of God, to cull is to delve more deeply into the ruts of the past and create the ivory towers of white washed sepulchers. To glean is to taste and see that God is good and what God has in store is exceedingly abundantly more than you could ask or even think. (ref. Eph. 3:20)
Ruth was close—close to the promised unity—close to the promised placement in the Kingdom—and close to the promised fulfillment of the purposes of God. Her journey of pain and suffering had prepared her for what was to come and equip her for the calling for which she was destined.
When Ruth a Moabite and Boaz an Israelite joined themselves together, it was a type and shadow of Jew and Gentile. Many things from the past had to be forgotten as Ruth lived the submissive life and learned the ways of the house of her mother-in-law Naomi. It is also a kingdom principle that increase means decrease—decrease of what was—in order to gain what shall be. “Wise is the man who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose”. (Elliot)
The fruit of union with God and unity with man is through the process of cutting away all that would hinder an abiding relationship with the one who gave His life as the purchased price of this unity. In an abiding relationship, “What happens on the surface doesn’t count; what’s happening inside does.” (Bruce Wilkinson—Secrets of the Vine)
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