Handfuls of Purpose

“And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not: And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.”

Ruth 2:15-16

I have had many privileges afforded to me in this life, and I can only attribute it to the goodness of my God. I never thought about how I grew up when I was young, and I figured I was like all kids that I went to school and church with, but this simply was not true. I was raised in church from the time I was baby, and I had the privilege to listen to many great preachers, including my own. I had many Bibles in my home and the Bible was read to us as my sister and I had to endure family devotions. We were required to give a report on how God spoke to us on the particular devotion, and I dreaded this part as it forced me to pay attention and be ready with an answer. I took this for granted, and I figured this activity happened in every home.

I grew older and began to see how different things were in my home compared to those I went to school with. My mom and dad were still together and still loved each other after many years of marriage. My parents were strict, but they were not abusive or unkind to me, and there were always rules and boundaries we had to adhere to. I used to hate all the rules and guidelines, but as I grew older, I realized how fortunate I was to have them. A teenager with no boundaries is much like a zoo with no fence or wall around the dangerous animals. You may have a great viewing experience, but the duration of fun will be short-lived and costly. The rules given to me were not to keep me sheltered, but they were in place to protect me from the evil of this world and the evil intentions of my own heart.

I look back on my upbringing and see how God had His grace on me from the day I was born. I don’t understand why God would be so loving and kind to me, but I cannot imagine my life without God. He allowed me to be exposed to Him at an early age, and He has stopped me at every cliff and chastised me so that I would not go over. He has filled my cup many times over, and He has shown me that I am in need of a larger cup. I cannot begin to number the many blessings He has given me over the course of my life, and I am grateful for how He reveals Himself to me in His Word. There is not a moment in my life when God’s hand is not upon me, and I have learned He is ever with me, just as He promised. He has blessed me with many experiences in life, a beautiful family and great friends, but these all pale in comparison to His goodness and “handfuls of purpose.”

Ruth was a widow who was doing her best to support herself and her mother-in-law, Naomi. She did not sit around idly, but she went out to work in the fields to make an honest living. God had his hand in her life, and it is impossible not to see His provisional presence. He watched over Naomi and Ruth, and He even favored them by the hand of the kinsman, Boaz. Our God is always good in every situation, and His goodness even extends to giving us the “handfuls of purpose.” He blesses beyond our imagination, and I cannot wait to praise Him for all eternity.

What has God done for you in your life? Do you praise Him as you should? Are you thankful for the “handfuls of purpose”? Do you realize all He has done for you? Do you complain about the job He has given you, or do you thank Him for His provision? May we praise our God who so richly blesses us, and may we never get over the “handfuls of purpose” He gives us. Praise be to our God who so freely gives us all good things.

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