The Reward of Faith: Who Gets It?

Michael Wilcock

READ : Ruth 2:10-13

“The Lord repay you for what you have done.” (v. 12)

These verses, which tell us about the “reward of faith,” do so in more ways than
one.

If the whole idea seems strange, it’s because we tend to think of it as a child doing
something clever and being rewarded with an ice cream. Ruth is going to be “richly
rewarded,” as Boaz prays (v. 12 NIV). Is she like the good child who earns the ice cream
cone?

Not at all. When she asks Boaz the reason why he is being so kind to her, it turns out
to be not her cleverness or her achievements, but the kind of person she is. She has been
willing to give up safety and comfort and to march out into the unknown. That’s the stuff
heroes are made of, particularly the heroes of the Bible, who do it because of what they
have heard of the God of the Bible. That is faith.

Ruth has thrown in her lot with Naomi, with Naomi’s people and Naomi’s God, and only
afterward does she discover the “rewarding” experiences which follow as a consequence. The
reward of faith isn’t earned by our good works. It’s the natural outcome of our entrusting
ourselves to the Lord, “under whose wings [we] have come to take refuge.”

PRAYER

Lord, help us to see that commitment is more important than cleverness. Amen.