Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.” Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord , the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!” Then she said, “I have found favor in your eyes, my Lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants.”
Ruth 2:8-13 ESV
Everytime we come across with the book of Ruth, we right away associate this as a story of how a godly woman meets a godly man and they lived happily ever after. Yes, this is very true because this led to the line of David and that gave way to the prophetic ancestry of Jesus. More so, it captures the heart of every single Christians because it gives hope that when we seek the Lord and secure ourselves with Him first, He will provide our heart’s desire for a suitable partner in a most unexpected way.
For a change, I want to highlight a different love story and it is more powerful than Boaz-Ruth tandem. Clearly, the passage shows the love of God and how He took care of the widowed Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi. This also shows us that God really looks at the heart rather than on the race or worldly affiliation to have His favor. Ruth was a Moabite (descendant of Lot) not an Israelite. She might not had grew up with the knowledge about God the way the Israelites did, but when she knew Him after she married the son of Naomi she became a faithful servant. She left her own land and chose to go with Naomi without knowing what was in store for their future. As God honored the decision of Ruth to follow Him, God also honors our decision to follow Him in spite of our pasts and where we came from. This is the ultimate demonstration of love that we are unworthy yet God loved us first, He even sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins knowing that there are people who will still reject Him and His solution of salvation.
When we receive Jesus in our lives, we open ourselves to God’s new mercies every day. He will provide for our needs, keep us calm through our storms in life and teach us to live a life pleasing to Him – an abundant life. Truly, Ruth already was victorious even before she met Boaz. For sure, God could command anyone to deliver the blessing to Ruth. Nothing can prevent God from blessing the people who love Him. As for Boaz, his godly character led him to be an instrument of blessing. This is something that followers of Christ shall always be willing to do. For in taking part of God’s plan, we are also letting ourselves receive His blessings. If Boaz had refused the will of the Lord then he might not be the one we are reading today as one of the known Bible characters in the ancestral lineage of our Lord Jesus Christ. ❤❤❤
Soli Deo Gloria!