Syd Maynard - Third Testimony - Western Australian Convention - January 1932

Ruth 3, an account of a family, and how true hearts are made known. An old woman found herself in adverse circumstances, and she felt the need of God, and headed in that direction. She made the best of the worst, and God has record­ed something about her that will help people while the world lasts. The wine­press of affliction and distress brings the best out of God's children that will be bread for those for whom nothing is prepared. The world provides food for those fools. (All frivolity and gaiety is only bread for fools.) The best people are won by the distress and need of their own hearts and that causes them to be moved in their hearts and feel for others whom they know are where they once were. If God can stir our hearts here, we will be able to say "this is the day that I looked for." Hearts stirred to do our part, to be workers together with Him. Naomi and Ruth returned to Bethlehem in the time of the barley harvest. Possibilities before them, encouragement from the start of having a little part in the things of God, as they were willing to apply themselves to do what was in their reach. All the city was moved when they saw Naomi. They knew what it meant for this old woman to return. Ruth found that she came amongst people that had a heart for her; all the privileges she had brought her lower, she felt she was not like God's people, yet they treated her like one of themselves.

Chapter 3, Naomi said, "Shall I not seek rest for thee my daughter?" Activity is good, but if it were all activity we should soon be worn out. Naomi had a keen interest in Ruth and was seeking rest for her. She saw the restlessness in Ruth and knew what it needed, and could tell her what to do. She sent Ruth to the threshing floor. It's not wrong for husk to be on the grain - it's only natural. The threshing floor is the place of separation. It is not the things that are wrong that hinder most and keep from rest, but it is the things that are natural that we need to be separated from. Ruth went and marked the place where her Redeemer lay and then crept in and lay herself down at her Redeemer's feet. Naomi told her, "Let no man see thee." It is not the things that others see that bring us rest, but it is the laying of ourselves down at His feet. She had the "title deeds" written in her heart that she had a right to be there. The Redeemer gives the assurance "the rest of heart" that makes it well with our souls. Ruth clothed in the garments of obedience and humility at her Redeemer's feet without reserve and forever. The place where we will get to know the Bride­groom is by the threshing floor - separation from all that is natural and unreal. She uncovered his feet and this caused him to feel the coldness of his feet, it is the coldness of the world towards a true soul that makes the Bridegroom feel it, and He understands and cares. We will not go away empty if we lay ourselves down at the feet of the Redeemer without reserve and forever. We will have something to take to those who have been less privileged. The heart of the Bridegroom is merry when the harvest is gathered in and the wheat is separated from the husk.

Chapter 4:17 is the genealogy given to impress on our hearts and to show how true fruit can come generations later as a result of a person's trueness now. Do not get discouraged because of seeing no fruit from your life. David was brought forth four generations later, he was a descendant of Ruth, and would remember how Naomi was willing to arise amidst difficulties and distress and go on to where God was, and influenced another soul to do the same, and as a result David, a man after God's own heart, was begotten, whom God used to raise up a right standard to Israel. Naomi was an old woman and yet this shows that when one of that kind is willing to arise above all that surrounds them, God can do great things for them. Ruth became the possession of the Bridegroom, the Lord of the harvest field. We can raise excuses for pot being useful, but this life will take them all away. Ruth had nothing in her favour by nature, for she was a Moabitess. The difference between Cain and Abel was that Cain offered a sacrifice that cost a lot, but Abel became a sacrifice that counts with God.