Ruth—Life, Loss, Love and Legacy, pt. 4
Boaz provides SECURITY
After Boaz asks his foremen about the foreigner in his field, the workers compliment Ruth for her hard work. Impressed by her work ethic, he offers to let her join the other women gleaning the field. This meant she would not just be picking up scraps, but gathering the best of the field. Ruth set an example of being industrious inside and outside her home. A godly woman makes her home a priority and works hard wanting God to be honored there. When she works outside the home, she is not idle, but works to bless her family and those around her (Prov. 14:1; 31:15-20). Hearing Boaz’s offer, instead of being demanding, abrasive or offensive, Ruth is submissive, appreciative and complimentary. A person’s character is assumed in ease, but is exposed in difficulty. Hardship shines the light on someone’s hidden character and uncovers their true colors. Likewise, Boaz assures her protection and doesn’t use his strength, wealth or Ruth’s desperation to take advantage of her but looks out for her best interest. The character of a man shows in how he treats those weaker than him and in how he cares for those who can’t do much for him (Ps. 82: 3, 4; Prov. 14:21; 31: 8, 9). Feminine security exists where masculine responsibility exists.
Boaz provides SUSTENANCE
Seeing Boaz’s amazing generosity, Ruth asks why he was being so charitable. Boaz responds that her reputation of kindness to her husband and care for her mother-in-law, Naomi, had preceded her. Hard work known now, pays off in the unknown later. What has been done in the past is a good indicator of what will be done in the future. People can be different than what they say, but people are what they do! Being a blessing in the past can lead to being blessed in the future. A believer’s life is a resume of God’s work. Though Boaz could have been stingy with the production from his field as that was his wealth, he honored God by taking care of the poor knowing the wealth came from God (Lev. 23:22; Deut. 8:17, 18). Those blessed by God should be a blessing to others from God.
Boaz instructs Ruth to drink from the water his young men have drawn further allowing her to be part of the ‘team’. It is the glory of young men to use their strength to bless others in any situation (Prov. 20:29). Where you are is not as important as who you are!