The Reward of Faith: Who Gives It?

Michael Wilcock

READ : Ruth 2:10-13

“A full reward be given you by the Lord.” (v. 12)

A second reading of these verses tells us more about how faith is rewarded. We know
what Ruth’s conversation with Boaz says about her. She is a woman of faith: that is why
she will be richly rewarded.

But by whom? Boaz’s words are “May you be richly rewarded by the Lord,” (NIV) when all
the time he is rewarding her. He says she has come to the God of Israel for refuge, when
in fact he is going to give her refuge.

So again it is the kind of talk about God that some find strange, the talk of first
causes and second causes. In my country many elderly people go to their nearest post
office every Thursday to collect their state pension. Do they believe that because they
receive the money from the postal clerk, it actually comes from him? That would be as
foolish as thinking that if the pension “really” comes from the government, the prime
minister has to personally bring it to their door!

That’s what we learn from Ruth and the provision Boaz makes for her. It really does
come from him. But at the same time it really does come from God as well.


Lord, help us to see you as the Giver of all good things, as well as

appreciating those through whom they come to us. Amen.