What To Do With All The Barley (8 of 14) by Ken Trivette

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What To Do With All The Barley (8 of 14)
Series: The Book of Ruth
Ken D. Trivette
Ruth 2:17-20

1. I'm sure that most of you are familiar with Johnson Oatman's hymn, "Count Your Blessings." During the great Welsh revival it was one of the hymns sung at every service. The familiar chorus goes:

Count your blessings,
Name them one by one;
Count your blessings,
See what God hath done.

2. No doubt as Ruth returned home she must have been counting her blessings. She had left home worrying but she returned home worshipping. She had walked into a field hoping for a little and left the field happy with a lot. She had started the day with an empty stomach and ended the day with a full soul.

3. I have heard people say, "All I want is the crumbs from the Master's table." I guess that is why we have so many crummy Christians. God is not a Brylcreem God (Just a dab will do). He is a God that as the Psalmist declared in Psalm 68:19, "Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits."

4. All of us need to count our blessings and see what God has done. If we did we would find that we need a calculator to add up the blessings of God in our life. It will not take us long to realize that we have been loaded with spiritual benefits. To count our blessings will cause each of us to say with Naomi, "Blessed be the Lord, Who hath not left off His kindness to the living and the dead" (2:20). Now let's consider these blessings in our life as we look at Ruth's barley blessings in the field of Boaz.


1. Our text and context describes for us the blessings Ruth experienced. This had been a wonderful day in Ruth's life. You might say that this was a red letter day in her life. It had been a day she would never forget. Her life had been greatly, graciously, and gloriously enriched. Proverbs 28:20 says, "A faithful man shall abound with blessings:" Ruth had abounded in blessings. She had been loaded with ben ...

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