The Bible and Money

Ruth 3:1

Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her,
"My daughter, shall I not seek security for you,
that it may be well with you?


Bible Commentary:

Ruth 3:1 is a Bible verse in the Old Testament which points the way to financial health. The entire Book of Ruth is a great example of God’s provision. God has much to say about money in the Bible.

Let’s look at God’s intended order for man, and His original design for providing for Adam and Eve in the beginning.

We see from Genesis 2:15 that Adam and Eve had all they needed and wanted right there in the Garden that God had given them to cultivate and keep. God gave them food in abundance, for the trees produced fruit.

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They didn’t depend upon another man, company or government to provide for them. They did the work God gave them to do, and He supplied their needs.

They were richly satisfied and content in God’s intimate companionship and provision. Unfortunately, all that changed when man fell and the curse went into effect.

But remember, Jesus Christ came to restore us back to the Father and all His blessings that were available to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

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Let’s look at the book of Ruth for an example. What a great story and such a short book, only 4 chapters.

Take a look at what Boaz said to Ruth, “May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.” (Ruth 2:12)

He noticed that she had chosen the God of Israel, instead of the many false gods of the day. That is key. Then, he acknowledged that God would reward her work and bless her wages and make them full. He didn’t say he would do it. He said God would.

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That is a very important distinction to remember. Yes, Boaz was the instrument through which God blessed Ruth. Boaz also worshipped the God of Israel and was a ready and willing instrument for God to use. But it was God Who did the blessing and rewarding.

God made Ruth’s wages full because of her faith and loyalty (she had chosen the God of Israel). It took a BIG faith and unwavering loyalty to move with Naomi to a land she had never known instead of retreating back to her mother’s house.

She went forward in faith to the unknown, and God rewarded her faith. He will reward your faith, too. Let’s look at your situation, your source of income. Though you may work for a company or an individual, your true source of provision is God Himself.

He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10), and He can give and take as He so desires. He can bless the well, or He can allow it to dry up.

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You have probably experienced both scenarios at some point in your life. If you already acknowledge and accept that fact, then you are well on your way to financial health.

God is our Heavenly Father and He knows what we need and what we want. He is more than capable of providing in abundance, which is what He promised.

He is dependable. Every person, job or business will at some point let you down, but God is faithful all the time, whether you recognize it or not.

Remember that your job is only a tool He uses to provide for you. Maybe you have a dream to own your own business or be a stay-at-home mom.

Maybe God has given you a big dream, but you don’t know how you would survive financially if you pursued it. He is waiting for us to believe Him for the impossible.

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He rewards us according to our faith. How big can you believe? Psalm 36:8 says that the children of mankind “feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.”

Don’t misunderstand. God provides income through that job or company while He is waiting for you to increase your faith and trust Him more.

The more you study His promises and re-build your belief system (by seeking truth to replace false beliefs), the more you will increase your faith and realize and receive those promises, and the more confidence you will have to pursue the dream He placed in your heart.

Note what Naomi said to Ruth in chapter 3:1 (NASB), “My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you?”

The Hebrew meanings for “well” here is: make well, sound, beautiful, happy, successful, right. You can be made well in your finances. 

The word “security” here references a very interesting word: rest. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for? A better way, a more secure way, an easier way?

Making a living out there in the trenches amid the economic stresses and stiff competition in the marketplace for a lifetime is extremely difficult—physically, mentally and emotionally.

But be encouraged. You have the opportunity to enter into the rest of God. Jesus made it possible. Ruth went from poverty to prosperity. She received the security or rest that Naomi sought for her.

Be aware that our rest, or security isn’t necessarily in financial provision. It is in the peace and joy of God. Romans 15:13 says, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews chapters 3 and 4 talk about the rest of God and who is allowed to enter that rest and who is not allowed. 

Those who were not allowed entry had an “evil, unbelieving heart.” Verse 19 says, “…they were not able to enter because of unbelief.”

The word the unbelievers heard did not profit them because it was not united by faith (Hebrews 4:2). Be aware that God takes faith VERY seriously. Those who enter into His rest believed. God’s rest is the ultimate security.

Every day seek the truth, and you will find it (Matthew 7:8). When God exposes a lie, replace it with the truth and stand firm in it (Galatians 5:1).

When the deception or obstacle is removed it bridges the gap between you and abundance. Any lie is like a dam that blocks the flow of the living water.

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Removal of that obstacle will allow entry of God’s provision, blessing and reward.

The reward is on the other side of the obstacle. Keep seeking and believing the truth. Study the Bible verse of Ruth 3:1 to know spiritual health produces financial health and wealth. Your faith will make you well.


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