Boaz had a big job. As Kinsman Redeemer for Naomi and her family, he was charged to care for them. What does that look like for a man of means and the poor relations just back from Moab? Well, first he made sure that Naomi did not starve. He provided Ruth with grain and care and protection. Next came the job of looking more long term. Naomi encouraged Ruth to go to the threshing floor and show kindness and humility to Boaz. She did as she was instructed. Now Boaz came face to face with the dilemma of being attracted to Ruth and being her redeemer. Soo he set his heart to do right. She needed a Husband. He would present her to the nearest eligible relative to consummate the deal and get Ruth a husband, even if that meant not pursuing her himself.
So often our lives, we are faced with the opportunity to trust God to lead us. Many times His ways are not our ways. But, every time His way is best. If we truly believe that God is in charge, and loves us; and if we can cling to his word, then, when facing tough choices, we will honor God and allow Him to make our path straight. It is very difficult to do so. we want to “Help God Out” and give the Lord direction and instruction on how to proceed. Amazingly, He does not need our help–He has this. “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you–not to harm you! Plans to give you hope and a future!” Jer. 29:11.
We, like Ruth and Boaz, must trust God’s way and follow His plans. If we will–great things will follow.
God Bless You
11 And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character. 12 Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I. 13 Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.”
14 So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before anyone could be recognized; and he said, “No one must know that a woman came to the threshing floor.”
15 He also said, “Bring me the shawl you are wearing and hold it out.” When she did so, he poured into it six measures of barley and placed the bundle on her. Then he[c] went back to town.
16 When Ruth came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, “How did it go, my daughter?”
Then she told her everything Boaz had done for her 17 and added, “He gave me these six measures of barley, saying, ‘Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’”
18 Then Naomi said, “Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today.”