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March 6- Risk

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Ruth went down to the threshing floor, and she did everything just as her mother-in-law had ordered.

Boaz ate and drank, and he was in a good mood. He went over to lie down by the edge of the grain pile. Then she quietly approached, uncovered his legs, and lay down. During the middle of the night, the man shuddered and turned over—and there was a woman lying at his feet. “Who are you?” he asked.

She replied, “I’m Ruth your servant. Spread out your robe over your servant, because you are a redeemer.”            -Ruth 3:6-9

This is brave stuff happening here. Naomi told Ruth that she needs to get Boaz to marry her, and take their little family under his roof, so they will have protection and provision. And Naomi tells Ruth how to do it: Go to the place where the men are working, and lie down beside Boaz while he is asleep, so that when he wakes up, he will see you and protect you. Quite a tall order!

Do you know how many problems there are with this idea?! Ruth should not be going to where only men are working. In her culture, this was a big no-no. She should also not be approaching a man to marry her; it only worked the other way around in her day. But most of all, she should not be doing this at night, which would raise all kinds of eyebrows about her reputation.

But off she goes. Desperation? Faithfulness? Fearlessness? Who knows. except that some things are worth risking it all for, like caring for the people you love. Just ask Jesus.

God, when was the last time I risked something big for something good? Show me what you would have me to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Try something you’ve not had the courage to do before today. A new recipe, a jog around the block, or inviting an acquaintance out for coffee. What if everyday you did a little something outside of your comfort zone? How might that draw you closer to Christ?

Together, pick a neighbor you don’t know well yet to come over to your house for dessert one evening. Let the kids make an invitation and help them deliver it.