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October 5, 2013

The last couple of days I’ve been in the book of Ruth. In chapter 2, verses 10-13 there is a beautiful portrayal of the character of this precious woman which shows humility, kindness a changed heart, and thankfulness.

“10 Then Ruth bowed very low to the ground. She said to Boaz, ‘I am a foreigner, so I am surprised you even noticed me.’

11 Boaz answered her, ‘I know about all the help you have given to your mother-in-law Naomi. I know you helped her even after your husband died. And I know that you left your father and mother and your own country and came here to this country. You did not know anyone from this country, but you came here with Naomi. 12 The Lord will reward you for all the good things you have done. The Lord, the God of Israel, will pay you in full. You have come to him for safety, and he will protect you.’

13 Then Ruth said, ‘I hope I can continue to please you, sir. You are very kind. I am only a servant and not even one of your own servants. But you have said kind words to me and comforted me.’ ” (ERV)

The Life Application Study Bible has a footnote for verses 10-12 that speak about how Ruth consistently lived her life in all areas and at all times. It ends with this paragraph: “Your reputation is formed by the people who watch you at work, in town, at home, in church. A good reputation comes by consistently living out the qualities you believe in–no matter what group of people or surroundings you are in.”

This is a cry of my heart. I’ve only seen consistency when I walk closely with God. When I slack off or start to pull away my behavior and moods are all over the board. Daddy, please help me walk consistently with You so I can live consistently in You, and as a result be a consistent light for You.

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