By Dianne Greenaway
Then said she (Naomi), Sit still, my daughter (Ruth), until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man (Boaz) will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.
I was reminded today from the Word of God, that there are times when having done all I can do to take care of a troubling situation or even during the course of handling day to day situations that arise, that I must sit still! Quote: “Yes we say “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”, and we must do all that we can do, but when we’ve reached the end of all that we can do, we must let God do all the things that we could not do.” Unquote MJHG 01-17-10.
I’ve been going through the Book of Ruth with the other members of my congregation led by my Pastor; and today’s sermon came from verse 18 of chapter 3. (Try the NIV translation for a little more clarity and pleasure, single ladies.) Right off the bat, the Hebrew word from which we get “sit still” in the text as well as “rest” as found in Psalms 37:7, is “CHYLL”. We say it to one another when we notice the stress level climbing… “chill-out no”, “take a chill pill”, “cool it”, “take it easy”. But did you know it was biblical? Hallelujah!
God actually wants us to “chyll” out in Him; and I am confirming it today for someone as it did for me today; “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Philippians 1:6”. Now if you’re like me, you can’t sit still when you see something going wrong, especially if it affects you or someone you love and care about deeply. We’re made that way that we just can’t let things happen as they will. But then, there’ve been those times where all He really wanted me to do was to rest in the confidence that I should have in Him, being able to finish what He starts.
In this text, Naomi is the mother-in-law telling Ruth the daughter-in-law “Sit still”. You see by this time, Ruth had already done everything she’d been told where it concerned her future and Naomi’s promise to do all she could for it to be well with her. Having done all she was told, Boaz has fallen hard, he’s smitten! Naomi, in the words of my pastor, is no fool! She knows when a man has fallen for a woman and she says to Ruth, “Girlie, set yourself down, you hear me, and watch wha’ gwan’ happen next, ‘cause as sure as me know maself, that man dey gwan mek sure he do wa he hafe do, and he a go do it tonite”. (Translation according to Dianne chapter Melinda verse Greenaway).
Single lady friends of mine now living in the year 2010, hear me good. God is our Boaz; and He is smitten with you. He so loves you that he’s jealous of any time you spend serving something or someone more than Him. If you study the book of Ruth, Boaz was the wealthiest man in the land at the time and he was a savvy business man. Have you checked out God’s bank account lately…let me help you. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and all that dwell therein.” “…The cattle on a thousand hills are mine”. “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine also, saith the Lord of hosts”. “My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold, and my revenue than choice silver”. Girlfriend, worry kills! So take a chill pill, sit still and know that your Boaz will not rest till the situation is handled. TODAY!
I’m not married so at times I really want to be careful about advising the married folks. But you need to know that God is your Boaz too. Whatever need you have, whatever your desire is in the life of your spouse, your children as it relates to work, and especially personally know that you too can sit still and watch Him work it out for you.
Final word! Whenever your “today” comes; whether it’s actually today because the situation is now unfolding, or whether it’s tomorrow because we can’t see the future, this word would still be relevant and necessary. Pray with me – Lord, help me to heed the counsel of the “Naomi” in my life and as “Ruth” be obedient and sit still until such time as my “Boaz” handles the case. AMEN!
About the Author
Dianne Greenaway is a minister at the Victory Temple Church of God of Prophecy at Weymouth Hills, St. Maarten. She is also the Director/Principal at Victory Christian Academy.