Friday, October 23, 2009
Kindness of Boaz
4 Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, “The LORD be with you!”
And they answered him, “The LORD bless you!”
5 Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?”
6 So the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered and said, “It is the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. 7 And she said, ‘Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.’ So she came and has continued from morning until now, though she rested a little in the house.”
8 Then Boaz said to Ruth, “You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women. 9 Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.”
(Ruth 2:4-9, New King James Version)
Kindness of Boaz
If you have ever lived on a farm, you know that, for the farmer, harvest time is one of the most important times of the year. Everything that has been done, the preparation of the fields for planting, sowing the seed, and nurturing the crops, comes to fruition at harvest time. It was natural, then, for Boaz, the owner of the fields, to come and check on the reapers' progress.
In doing so, Boaz noticed a young woman he had not seen before. Upon inquiry to the servant in charge of the reapers, he discovered that this was the daughter-in-law of Naomi. Being impressed with her character, and her faithfulness to Naomi, he encouraged her to continue gleaning in his fields, and promised his protection from the men doing the reaping.
Why did Boaz show such kindness to Ruth? He could not have even fathomed the plans that God had for him with this woman. Yet we know that this is the beginning of a lifetime relationship for this couple.
How often do we tend to overlook the ordinary things in life? Yet, it is through the ordinary things in life that God works out his plans for his children, and for this world. Life is not like the magic of the movies! Actually, it is even better. The movies create a fairy-tale world that does not exist; usually God is not even factored into the movie, at least in the way God is presented in the Bible. But, reality is so much better. Heaven is no fairy tale!
As we see the story of Ruth and Boaz unfold, let us remember that God is working in our lives today just as he did in the lives of Ruth and Boaz. It is through the ordinary things of our every day life that the kingdom of Christ is coming. Did the people of Christ's day really expect that the Messiah would come in their generation? Did the birth of Jesus to Mary and Joseph seem unusual to the people of that day. No! To most it was just another birth.
Pray that God would keep you from being bogged down in your ordinary every day living, but that each day would be to you a new day in Christ!
God Bless You,