When we left off last week, it looked like everything between Ruth and Boaz was all tied up, like the ribbon on a package. However, just like in our own lives, we discover this week that things are not quite as easy as they seem and now Ruth is going to have to wait.
I don’t know about you, but I am not good at waiting. Even as a child, my brother and I would sneak around before Christmas to try and find our gifts because it was too hard to wait. The only thing worse than a child having to wait for Christmas would be an adult waiting for an answer from God. I know that God works all things together for good (Romans 8:28), and that His timing is always perfect – never early and never late – but the time in between is difficult.
This is the situation Ruth finds herself in. Boaz has let her know that there is another kinsman redeemer, who is closer in relation. However, our hero, Boaz, doesn’t leave it there, he proceeds to tell Ruth his plan. It is obvious that Boaz and Ruth both know that God is in control of this situation. They now have to rest in the knowledge that God will take care of everything.
This is exactly that same thing that you and I must do. Instead of trying to push our own agenda because we don’t want to wait, we need to trust God and use this time to rest in Him. I love what Liz says in Chapter 10, “All they [Naomi and Ruth] can do is sit tight. Maybe that’s the simplest definition of faith: sitting tight. Waiting without fretting. Trusting without second-guessing. Believing without demanding proof” (140).
What about you, how are you at sitting tight? I challenge you this week to get alone with God and take some time to rest in Him. He is the only source of true peace.