Last week left us and Ruth wondering what Boaz was going to say as he approached. The tension must have been building with every step as Ruth watched him come closer. The first words to her were so endearing, “my daughter”. These are the very same words Naomi spoke to her earlier that morning. Right away, Boaz swoops in and assumes the father role.
Boaz quickly shows he is concerned about her safety and is going to do something about it. Ruth is no longer a foreigner just collecting the scraps, but now she is welcomed as a servant. This position gives her protection. In the same way, God welcomes us in His family based on everything Christ did and not on our own merit. Just like Ruth, there are times in our own lives that we must go through difficult circumstances. However, it is when we are dirty, tired and feel like we can’t go on that God whispers, “just trust me”. This is exactly what Ruth has been doing since she made the choice to leave everything and follow Naomi and her God.
The next thing in Chapter Six that stuck out to me was regarding Ruth’s appearance. Until reading this chapter, I always thought Ruth was beautiful and that is what caught Boaz’s attention. However, just like God, Boaz was looking at Ruth’s heart, not the external appearance. He saw her for the true beauty she really was. Then, he speaks a blessing over her; asking God to not only restore what she has lost, but to also “richly” bless her. Ruth responds with showering Boaz with compliments.
Boaz shows his compassion for Ruth by taking things a step farther and not only inviting her to eat with him, but also serving her. After eating until she is stuffed, Ruth returns to work. The rest of the men remain as Boaz gives orders for them to make it easier for Ruth. Ruth was unaware this was taking place, just like we have no idea what work God is doing behind the scenes on our behalf.
There is such a sweet tenderness between Ruth and Boaz, you can’t help but be drawn into their story. Things are really beginning to change for Ruth. God is working everything out for good – in His timing and in His way.
What stood out to you this week in the reading?