Yesterday, we saw how Boaz kept Ruth safe in his fields and how God protects and cares for us.
Continuing in our story, Naomi guides her daughter-in-law in the ways of courtship. She tells Ruth, it is time; I found you a new and permanent home.
Here’s what you need to do. Get dressed up and head down to the threshing floor where Boaz will be working late.
This has to be one of the most interesting beginnings to a courtship relationship I have read.
End side note
Naomi instructs Ruth to uncover Boaz’s feet and lay there. Boaz wakes up at some point in the night and is surprised to find a woman sleeping at this feet.
He asks, who is there, and Ruth acknowledges it is her. She then replies, “you are my family redeemer.”
“The Lord bless you, my daughter!” Boaz exclaimed. “You are showing even more family loyalty now than you did before, for you have not gone after a younger man, whether rich or poor. Now don’t worry about a thing, my daughter. I will do what is necessary, for everyone in town knows you are a virtuous woman.”Ruth 3:10-11
Boaz calls Ruth a virtuous woman, and her character and reputation paved the way for this compliment.
Boaz is one of Ruth’s family redeemers; however, another man in town is in line ahead of Boaz.
He wants to do what is right. You can see he cares for her, and I would say he even loves her.
Today, we don’t have family redeemers as they had in the Old Testament; however, we can learn a couple of things from Ruth in this passage.
First, Ruth had character. The town knew what she gave up to be with Naomi. She sacrificed, and it did not go unnoticed.
Second, she was loyal. She supported the family and stayed with Naomi even though she had a choice to return to her homeland.
In life, we face crossroads, just like Ruth. She was given a choice to stay or follow Naomi.
Had she returned to her homeland, she would have missed out on Boaz – her family redeemer.
Sometimes the challenges we face are only for a season, and in the end, things work out. However, it does not mean that the challenge is not difficult or the road steep.
Today, take a few minutes to appreciate the journey you have experienced.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the example of Ruth and Boaz. Please help us to live our lives in such a way that our character shines brightly and reflects You. Amen!