“’Wash and perfume yourself, and put on your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking.” Ruth 3:3
It’s a gown!
Naomi’s hands shook as she unwrapped the sacred garment she had prepared for her Ruth. ”What do you think, Ruth? Do you like it?”
Ruth’s eyes shone with wonder. A new dress? Is it proper? “Oh, Mother, it’s beautiful…more beautiful than I deserve. Do you mean I should wear this—tonight? But I’m a widow. ..it’s not right…how could I? What will people say?”
“Oh, let the people talk! Everyone knows you’re a virtuous woman. Boaz said so himself. Now just hush. It’s a new day and tonight is your night!”
And Naomi laughed!
Ruth followed Naomi into a steaming bath filled with sweet smelling ointments and cleansing herbs. Casting the grimy widow’s garment aside, Ruthsurrendered to the soothing oils and beckoning fragrances. Tears coursed down her darkened cheeks…something had turned. She was eager to embrace it. The hope she saw four months ago of the gleaming green fields of barley was becoming reality.
Ruth had been approached by Naomi about her rendezvous with Boaz. “Tonight’s your night, Ruth. Get all dolled up and make your way to the threshing floor.”
Is this you?
Is this you? Can you be washed from old patterns of defeat and failure? Read the rest of this portion and change your garments. Jesus Christ has washed your clean. He waits for you now.
• If your clothes reek of a past life style, burn them and go to the mall. Purchase apparel that reflects your new beauty. You are not being a hypocrite!
Jesus has washed you!
• Choose healthy friends. Walk away from the destructive relationships of the past. You are not guilty if they are offended.
The King of Kings has washed you!
• Stop every condemning word that you say or think about yourself. Forgive others and refuse to rehearse damaging words of the past. Let freedom ring!
Jesus calls you His beloved—He has washed you
“The King’s daughter is all glorious within.”
• Put on the clothing of God’s daughter and walk with your King. Do not slouch or walk with down cast eyes. Walk, act, and behave as the King’s child.
The precious blood of Christ has made you clean and lovely, royal and glorious.
You have been washed!