In chapter 2 of Ruth, we see two women in need. They have no one to provide for them and to meet their needs. Ruth tells Naomi that she will go and gleam in the fields. Ruth hopes to find grace by the owner of the field, because she is a moaditess, a stranger to the land.
In Leviticus 19: 9 - 10 : 23:22, we read how God has given laws to provide for the poor and the stranger. These laws instructed the reaping of the field.
"And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not
make clean riddance of the corners of they field when thou
reapest, neither shalt thou gather any
gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the
poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God." Lev. 23:22
This law was God's way of providing for those in need. He did not create a system of just give them what they needed. They had to go and meet their needs by the way provided. God's word tells us if a man will not work, he doesn't eat. God will meet our needs, but we must meet Him half way.
Ruth goes to glean in the fields, she is a stranger and she is poor, thus meeting the law of gleaning. God does not leave things to chance. God leads us in His path and in His timing. In verse 3 when the bible tells that she happens upon the field of Boaz. It was not by chance, God knew which field she needed to be in. If Ruth went to another field would she have meet with grace to gleam in peace not fear? or even meet Boaz, her kinsman redeemer?
God leaves nothing to chance, when Ruth told Naomi in chapter 1, thy God will be my God. Ruth placed her life in God's hands, trusting in Him to care for her and to meet her needs. I would like to think that Ruth and Naomi prayed asking God to help Ruth go to the field that she needed to be in.
We are like Ruth, there are times in our lives that God has lead us to the place that we needed to be. The place that might give us rest or to meet our needs. God has provided for us to, Paul tells us in Philippians 4:19, " But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
God can only meet our needs if first like Ruth, we recognize Him as our God. To have salvation thru Jesus Christ. That is our greatest need our need of forgiveness of sin, only than can God meet our other needs.
God's love for Ruth is shown when she reaches the field of Boaz. God will meet her needs and Naomi's needs, because Ruth committed her self to Him. Psalm 37:5 tells us to, "Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He will bring it to pass." We know that Ruth trusted in the Lord, and He did bring it pass, meeting her needs thru Boaz her Kinsman Redeemer.