As you read this text, keep uppermost in your mind that Boaz was an exact representation of Jesus Christ—an exact representation of Christ’s magnanimous love for you.
“So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before anyone could be recognized;…”
Ruth closed her eyes making a feeble attempt to sleep. Would the morning ever come? The longest night stretched before her and an even longer morning followed. What would transpire in the court of the elders today? Would God grant her favor? She would have to wait. The matter was out of her hands.
Boaz’s mind was whirling. “How do I gather up ten elders for my day in court? Where is the other kinsman? What will I do if he says yes? I’ve got to make this work. Oh, Lord, please help me. I have fallen in love… quite by accident. I don’t know what to do if my heart’s desire is denied.” Gazing at Ruth, as she lay at his feet, he knew her very welfare was the one at risk. She was the weaker party. His heart filled with compassion. “Lord, remember her kindness toward me. I told her you would reward her because she had taken refuge under your wings. Oh, Father, bring that to pass. Remember—for your mercy’s sake.”
Sleep finally came to the weary couple and before dawn…before one could know another, Boaz stirred. “You must go now, Ruth. Don’t return empty to your mother-in-law. Give me your shawl.”
Quickly Ruth held out her veil, the large outer cloak, and watched in wonder as Boaz filled it with two gallons of freshly threshed grain. Boaz looked furtively into the eyes of the woman whose honor he would defend today. “I’ll take care of the matter, Ruth. Before the sun sets, redemption will be secured for you. I go now.”
Ruth sighed deeply as the gentle farmer strode toward town. What news would he bring before the day ended? She needed to hurry home. Naomi would be waiting and Ruth was anxious to tell her the events of the evening. Comfort from Naomi would help her wait.
Falling into Naomi’s open arms, she poured out all her heart. “I have to wait, Mother. There is another kinsman closer to us than Boaz. Oh, mother, how can I rest? Boaz is all I want.”
Tears wetted Naomi’s garment but the words that came from her heart were like a warm blanket soothing Ruth’s troubled soul. “Sit still, my daughter. Boaz is a just man. He will honor you today. He is a man of God and will defend and protect you fiercely. Now rest, the matter will be settled this day.”
“In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
The situation was dire but I didn’t have to look and consider the storm. So, I looked to Him, my Daddy God, for redemption. I spoke His truth which brought comfort to my soul. It hurt too much to read the facts but strength and hope came when I looked at Father. I knew He was willing to make everything all right. And He did! He did the impossible and He amazes me still.
Are you waiting for your hopes and dreams to come to pass? Are you weary as you long for the resolution…the answer…the end of darkness? Lie down at His feet, dear one. Embrace His love for you and look only into His beautiful face. What Father spoke to me are now His words for you.
Just look at Me. If you keep your eyes only on Me, then you will not be in agony of soul. I make all things new…I will amaze you. I do wonderful things.
Look at Me, daughter. That is your only responsibility.
Father’s promise for you
“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress,
I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.”