Ruth Chapter 3: Sit Still, my daughter. . .

Songdove Books - lady prayingRuth 3:18  Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.

I had been in prayer this morning, bringing needs before the Lord and thanking Him, showing appreciation for all that He has provided this Fall.  I was asking God to once again take on the various medical doctor roles He’s carried in the past in our home.  I was asking for financial provision as well, because due to health and other reasons, income has been hit again in the Fall season once more.  A quieting came over me as I sat in prayer for awhile more, and I got the feeling I should rest there for a moment or two, after which I turned to e-Sword for the morning’s chapter.

That chapter turned out to be Ruth 3.  This time ’round, the verse to stand out to me was the final verse of the chapter:

Ruth 3:18  Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.

As one who has come to accept Christ as her unseen Husband and Lover, I sat there staring at this verse.  Then I realized this verse was speaking directly to me.  As with Ruth, I’d come in prayer humbly, not demanding.  I’d come thankful, not acting like a whiny kid.  I’d come respectfully, not waving the Bible in God’s face declaring “YOU SAID, now I expect you to come through!”.  I didn’t come with any of the typical behaviour I’m seeing from those leading toward or having fallen into the name-it-claim-it/word-faith doctrines.

I came obeying that verse in Philippians:

Philippians 4:6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

That quieting that came over me was very much appreciated this morning.  Being followed by this verse in Ruth made me stop again.  God heard me as a Lover would.  Now I am being urged to sit still and wait, because He won’t rest until He has seen to it that my needs are met.

At a time when people around me are demanding that God come through because of something He said in His Word, then getting disillusioned when it seems as if God didn’t hear or denied their demand, this comes as confirmation of how God wants me to come to Him.  Maybe others can act like Moses.  Maybe others can act like Abraham.  But me, I must act like David.  That is how God has chosen to relate to me, in that Bridal, relational, intimate manner with its quietness, respect, and obedience.

Yes, now I must sit and wait.