The Lord Be With You! (Ruth 2:4)

Every day, the usual exchange of pleasantries occurs when people arrive to their workplace. Depending upon the time of day, it may be an exchange of “Good morning” or “Good afternoon.” Sometimes a qualifying, “How’s it going?” is added. But the vast majority of exchanges are superficial at best and uttered more as a polite knee-jerk reflex than a heart-felt desire to engage in deep conversation. After all, work has begun and responsibilities ensue. How wonderful it would be if we were able to give a more heartfelt greeting!

Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you!”
And they answered him, “The Lord bless you!”
Ruth 2:4

Christian believers and Christian businesses would do well to emulate Boaz. As he greets his workers, he issues an enthusiastic godly greeting and the workers likewise oblige him. Most certainly Boaz genuinely cared for his employees and they returned his affection and respect. More workplaces should be like this! More Christians should be like this! What a testimony it would be to our faith and what a wonderful way to honor our God and witness to others!

The Holy Spirit placed this passage in the Bible to remind us how sweet even simple greetings can be when they are done to honor God.

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.